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The most recent stable release, recommended for production websites running J! 2.5 and J! 3.x, is Kunena 3.0.5
Details about Kunena 3.0.5 are contained in the release notes at http://www.kunena.org/docs/Kunena_3.0.5_Read_Me
For more details about the extent of Kunena features see http://www.kunena.org/docs/Kunena_Features
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...!
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.