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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
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.
I found an older version of Kunena 1.7.2 (thanks to your support). I installed it and imported ccboard. It worked great. After that the upgrade to Kunena 2.0.2 And to was easy. All done in less the n2 hours.
By the way it looks great too.
The developers do a great job of upgrading it on a regular basis, and with the 'You can not go back' versions mean that once you upgrade you're stuck with it.
The component works straight 'from the box' as long as your box is Kunena shaped.
Should you get a bug or error then support is VERY slow and only comes from Kunena users, and the Kunena forum has so many "only post in the right category' you request for help will get moved and moved and maybe your never get an answer.
A good component is one that works 90% of the time and the other 10% comes from Support, Kunena has 2% Support.
It is interesting to read back in the reviews and note that in 2009 "This will become one of the best Joomla! Forums at all".
Well, in 2012 it still is having issues.
Good Support is just as important as a good component, maybe more.
However, what made me turn away from it, and what is NOT tolerable, is the absolutely horrid support. They have a few helpful mods, but for the most part, the majority are worthless.
And if I had to point to one single reason for me migrating my company from Kunena to Agora, it would be because of the support moderator named 'Sozzled'. His arrogant, brash, condescending attitude turned me away. I realize it's a non-commercial component, but that doesn't give them the right to treat people horribly... and they do.
Like I said, Kunena itself is not bad, but the support is where you'll find yourself standing all alone. Overall, support is important, and the Kunena team does very poorly in this area. Run, don't walk away from Kunena!! A MUCH better option is 'Discussions' or 'Ninja Board'. Kunena just isn't worth the hassle anymore.
Although not quite as extensive as phpbb or other forum solutions, Kunena has come a long way in its relatively short life span. The level of difficulty is medium I would say as you do need to know how to navigate Joomla fairly well to set up permissions correctly with User Groups and Access levels. Once set up, it works great though.
It also scales very good. If your site is slow, it is probably not Kunena that is slowing it down.
The only down side is that since it is a free developed component is that support can be somewhat limited outside of the standard features that it comes with. So, if you are looking to style and change internal features, you will either need to hire someone to do it for you or know enough coding skills to do it yourself.
One feature that is missing is the ability to see Unread Posts, which my users seem to constantly remind me about. Last but not least, there are not a whole lot of templates out there for K2.0 relative to other forum solutions.
Nonetheless, give it a little bit more TIME and Kunena WILL be the go to solution for Joomla forum software.