The most recent stable release, recommended for production websites running J! 2.5 and J! 3.1, is Kunena 3.0.0. This version supersedes K 2.0.
The essential differences between Kunena 3.0 and Kunena 2.0 are
* K 3.0 does not operate on J! 1.5 websites; and
* K 3.0 can only be installed on J! 2.5 and J! 3.x websites
Kunena 3.0 is a project that has been some ten months in the making. Among other things, the main design objectives for Kunena 3.0 were to remove many lingering legacy issues (caused by the requirement in older versions to maintain J! 1.5 websites) as well as to keep pace with current and emerging Joomla trends.
Details about Kunena 3.0.0 are contained in the release notes at http://www.kunena.org/docs/Kunena_3.0.0_Read_Me
For more details about the extent of features available in Kunena, please see http://www.kunena.org/docs/Kunena_Features
It worked straight away following installation (under Joomla 2.5) and I found it easy to configure.
When I wanted some help with the resizing of image thumbnails, I posted a query on the Kunena Forum and got a rapid answer which worked first time.
Great Job, great extension - highly recommended.
That might sound simple, but I've been through quite a few others that needed constant attention to keep running correctly. This is an excellent extension that lets you focus on the posts, not the software.
You can keep control only with third party extensions (the best is not especialy made for kunena).
Despite getting the newest version. Nevertheless, thanks to the developer.
Kunena Forum has no known security issues and all new security related issues are generally fixed within a few days from discovery. Luckily there haven't been too many security issues during the past year.
That said, spammers are whole another issue with forums and there we are currently relying on 3rd party plug-ins for Joomla.
Now days, it is still a nice forum solution. But it seems to be drifting from the original idea of a forum community built by many extensions. Some extensions still work great with Kunena, but others... saddly no.
The one that hits me and my site members hardest is the editor. Kunena has decided that it would be better to not only develop their own BBCode editor, but to force that to be the only editor that you can use in Kunena. No more can you simply choose to use the editor you use in Joomla.
This not only causes a jarring seperation from article making and the like, but also brings in a terrible complexity that my members do not appreciate. My members are not the kind that benifit from BBCode. They have had a hard time with that and miss the office like WYSIWYG style editor they are so used to. Because of them, I have had to look elsewhere, which is a shame because overal I still really like Kunena and the way it is designed.
If someone could make a plugin or something to bring back choice of editor to Kunena, it would be great! I can't do it because I can't code. I don't expect the Kunena developers to do it, they have enough to do maintaining Kunena.
If you're looking for a great community with lots of interaction with plenty of features to lure users back, kunena could be the worst forum ever for this.
Kunena is only a forum, therefore it completely relies on 3rd party addons to get things you would generally expect from a forum.
Relies on 3rd party pms. 3rd party pms has a different editor and different templating.
Profile page is completely not social and requires a 3rd party addon. Again, different templating.
No wysiwyg editor. Attachments still get uploaded one at a time.
Kunena is free and updated frequently but as far as forums go it could possibly be the worst forum available.