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The most recent stable release, recommended for production websites running J! 2.5 and J! 3.x, is Kunena 3.0.6
Details about Kunena 3.0.6 are contained in the release notes at http://www.kunena.org/docs/Kunena_3.0.6_Read_Me
For more details about the extent of Kunena features see http://www.kunena.org/docs/Kunena_Features
Integration with CB is somewhat a hit and miss approach. I did get it integrated, but only to a point and I had to forego some of the plugins that seem to work on the Kunena forum, but not on mine. (no point asking them for help)
Kunena also lets you use templates to change the look of your forum but as stated in their forums, to avoid issues, they recommend only to use the one template being "ex-default".
Next comes the biggest issue that surrounds Kunena and some other extension makers.
They set a forum as their support mechanism, which I have found over years and on various subjects,to be a good method of "giving the illusion of support", which lets other users do the task of handling troubleshooting.
As a forum, its ok.
Support is well below par, handled by people like you and me and not the people who put the system together.
If you want a forum up and running, that lets you get on with business, look elsewhare, as any hiccup will leave you faced with days and days of waiting.
Thank you for your feedback. As with most open source projects, the Kunena Team consists solely of volunteers. So direct support from the team is based on individual availability. Since Kunena is written in PHP like Joomla, we encourage you to seek out paid support if your needs require such and the response rate of our community forums don't meet your requirements.
The development team's time is also being invested into a Joomla 1.6-native version of Kunena so we request our users to please understand while we invest in the future of Joomla.
It works well in terms of posting and offers what you would expect from a basic forum.
However, I have some pretty annoying error which I assume to be bugs that keep popping up in my log files.
On top of that, some of my users are unable to view their profile page (the forum is integrated with CB).
This in itself is frustrating as I have live users, most of which can view their profile, but some that cannot (this is using the Kunena Profile tab on the top of the forum).
Despite numerous requests on the forum over at least 1 week, I have only received one vague and fairly unhelpful response from a developer.
I offered my services up to help develop the site and heard nothing back. Not good for building relationships and the 'community' they claim they want.
My advice would be to look elsewhere for a solution based on the poor response and feedback you get from the Kunena team.
If you don't, frustration awaits - as well as angry users.
Thanks for your feedback. The process of Community Builder integration has been markedly improving with each new release of both CB and Kunena. The two teams are working closely to increase integration for the future.
If you are really sincerely interested in contributing to Kunena, please feel free to post your interest in the development section of our forum.
Like most open source projects, the Kunena Team consists solely of volunteers and personalized support is limited, which is why we provide a support forum. Naturally, any PHP developer with a certain amount of experience should be able to assist you with any customization or specific support requests you might need on short notice.
Well done Kunena Team and keep it up! The hard work is appreciated.
It took me a couple of hours all up to set up & tweak to satisfaction and away you go. The control & configuration panel is straightforward and to the point. I've set up and managed/moderated a stand-alone phpbb forum before and in comparison, this is sooooo much easier. I have had no conflicts or errors with the installation or setup. I'm new to Joomla only having created 2 Joomla sites, so if I can do it, so can you. Thank you Kunena Forum developers - you have an excellent component, well done!
The interface is nice and simple.
One thing I wonder about though, is why it is not possible to delete the default post: Welcome to Kunena!
Well, eventually I deleted it and raised another Welcome & Presentation Thread.
Simple integration with Jomsocial..
I originally chose Agora, it looked ok, and seemed to offer what I wanted, but I tried to update two days ago, and no matter what I did, it just refused to install. Finally I was left frustrated with a broken site.
After spending two days dismantling the site, reconfiguring, clutching at straws and otherwise wasting time trying to make it install, I bit the bullet, deleted everything and installed fresh Kunena 1.5.4.
Wow! Impressed? Oh yes! It installed perfectly first time, configuration is easy. Refreshingly polite forum support is excellent, oh yes, and so is the on-line documentation/Wiki!
Considering the relative short time in development, this is an amazing implementation. There is no other choice, Kunena is the flagship for sites that need a Joomla 1.5 native forum/board.
I wish I had installed kunena first time round!
Well done and thanks for a great product!
Cons: Kunena needs more SEF! Joomla core SEF uses the alias of items to make SEF, which is a good way to manage SEF with unicode characters. Kunena of course shouldn't use alias because it would take more and more space. But I believe the authors might consider this point and come up with a solution.
Thank you and Good luck :).
Then I found Kunena.
- Smooth installation
- Tons of built in features - no need for a bunch of additional plugins, which is more to manage
- Attractive and easy to navigate control panel
- Control over many options
- Up and going in 5 minutes
- Attractive frontend and easy to customize.
Great out of the box. Haven't used long enough to find any drawbacks or bugs, but no extension is perfect or will satisfy 100% of your needs. But, this one comes close. And, it appears that the Kunena team is very determined and aggressive. I feel that at their pace, they will easily surpass Agora and the rest in popularity.
I am using JomSocial and I like the fact that they are targeting JS for integration.
Why becuase of many good features it have. Using kunena you dont have to hack or modify any core files. Just install and its ready to use. No integration bridges as it is made for joomla only. Very good support at the developer website in the forums, sometimes i get response in minutes. Its GPL and can be used accordingly. Its non commercial and a helping hand towards poor joomla users. Its under development and developing extensions are good to use. I dont see any shortcomings except one i.e. no html in posts.
Overall good extension.
If you require complex user groups and permissions for a large forum with private areas and multiple administrators and moderators then you'd do well to test other components.
I've spent the two months testing different forum softwares and bridges for Joomla 1.5. For years I've been running a site based only on an SMF forum. When I launched my site I used JFusion to bring my forum and site together. JFusion is a nice alternative with frameless integration. It is only in RC status, but I have it working on a live site with thousands of users right now.
If you want to remain native to Joomla then I suggest testing out AGORA. I read that the next release is not far off. With that release it should be powerful enough to stand with software like SMF and phpbb3, in my opinion. If this is indeed the case, I will be switching to this component after the next RC... I also read that there are new design templates in development for it so the outdated look will be remedied.
Again Kunena fits the bill if you have a small forum, and your administration needs are minimal. Beyond that I would recommend testing other alternatives. JFusion and AGORA seem to be on a role. I know some will argue that Kunena has only been going for a couple months. But in that time I've watched two other options grow by leaps and bounds, all while providing top notch support in their forums.
Thank you for your feedback. The Kunena Team is working hard to bring Kunena up to the standards of other standalone forum software like the ones you mentioned. We already have a pretty solid beta version that works natively under 1.5 and very high-traffic sites. Considering the rate of progress before the fork, we've made leaps and bounds in just a few months.
Please make sure you submit your feature requests and feedback via our forums so we can improve Kunena. We hope that you'll re-adjust your rating in the future if you find that it meets your forum needs.
Backup your site before you install this.
I'm sorry to hear Kunena caused a problem. It's imperative when trying a new extension to always backup your site. What you reported is first time I've heard of something like that. Did you try looking for help in our forums? Did you use the latest stable release? Frankly, with the little amount of info you given, it's very hard for us to believe this was Kunena's fault since it's the first time we've hear about issue like this.
I read the upgrade and the migration posts on the Wiki and just decided to uninstall Fireboard and install Kuenena.
I wasn't real concerened about loosing any posts so I just went for it.
I didn't loose anything. The settings stayed and i kept all my posts.
I very highly recommend this component!! *****
1. When integrating with Community Builder, going to the forums generates PHP warning errors only.
2. In Forum Administration, clicking New takes you back to the main page. There is no way to add new categories.
But give the developers time. It will eventually be ready for prime time.
Easy to install, and easier to configure it.
I had a little problem with forums creation that was solved in less than 5 minutes in the support forum. Excelent suppport team...!