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The most recent stable release, recommended for production websites running J! 2.5 and J! 3.x, is Kunena 3.0.3
Details about Kunena 3.0.3 are contained in the release notes at http://www.kunena.org/docs/Kunena_3.0.3_Read_Me
For more details about the extent of Kunena features see http://www.kunena.org/docs/Kunena_Features
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 I also read that there are new design templates in development for it so the outdated look will be remedied.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...!
Well thought functions, everything a user expects and ease of use are markable features of this Fireboard successor.
But currently it is only available as a legacy version and therefore i would never recommend to use it in a native environment: The price for switching to legacy just for an forum is to much for me.
I know that the friendly developers are working on this issue and i hope that they get out an native version soon because i really want to kick that phpBB3 into the trashcan.
Keep it on your watchlist but give it some time to get matured! If it comes out native, an "Excellent" rating will be fair.
This is the forum component for Joomla right now in my opinion. I've tried a few forums and this one seems to have one of the best balances between maturity and updates/advancement
Big fan of 1.8 and very much looking forward to their native 1.5.x/1.6(?) version.
I had tried Agora once I found out about the Fireboard project falling to pieces and am so glad to be coming back to this much cleaner forum system.
I have to agree wholeheartedly with cowboysdude's review, especially about the use of Kunena with CB 1.2 and uddeIM being the perfect combination and it certainly has become the de facto Joomla standard.
The Support for this is also top-notched! For basically a FREE forum this is awesome!! IF it's not the best already it will be by the time its all said and done! I guarantee it! I have tried a few and finally.. finally found something that both myself and my users really enjoy!
Changing template colors and icons is a breeze [if you have any experience!]. There are plugins for CB as well as PM systems that will integrate with this forum very easily. I suggest Kunena, CB and Uddeim for a great system!
Take it from me.. you will be VERY happy with this package, not only from the ease of use but again the outstanding support you will get if you run into any trouble.
SECOND TO NONE... has become the standard!!
The only issue i had was on install, but i unzipped package first, ftp'd it to my server and then used the install manager to install from URL....everything worked just fine, i am using Joomla 1.5
keep up the good work