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
The first major benefit is the fact that Kunena is a Joomla extension. It's not a separate product which needs a bridge to keep the user profiles in sync. That fact alone was a God-send... keeping phpBB3 synchronized with Joomla was a constant chore.
Beyond that, Kunena comes with everything we need in a forum. When something is missing (like Private Message functionality), we can just add it with another extension (like uddeIM). It's super easy to upgrade, integrates perfectly with all the other extensions we use, and I've had nothing but excellent service from their support team.
In fact, I was so happy with Kunena, I ended up joining the team!
If you're looking to add a forum to your Joomla web site, avoid the headaches and pitfalls of a separate bridged forum software. Try out Kunena first and save yourself all kinds of time and effort.
Thanks to the skinner.css file it is easy-peasy to embed it in an exsiting Jommla!-Template. Styling is quite easy and it works like a charm.
I am using this site for a social project and it is grat that this component is open source.
Thanks to all the developers.
Good, good job!
Rob van Linda
The extension also integrates seamlessly with CB. Upgrading has also been a breeze. Thanks!
Sorry for my bad english
My only wish is that the templates were modifiable from the backend when it comes to simple operations like header size. Also I wish there were more free templates to chose from but I'm sure that will come in time.
The support on the website seems quiet good and the communication is up to date from the moderators.
Nice bit of work.
It installs smoothley and operates very well.
I see a huge control panel, with too many options and of course flexibility.
I needed a basic forum, so this one is far beyond my excpectations..
Anyone should try this, even if they don't need a forum, its amazing!!
Kunena is the leading, and most popular forum component for Joomla. At a glance, this component offers site owners all the premium features that you would expect from any commercial forum software. Installation of the component couldn't be any easier with it's speedy automated installer. Upon installation you are quickly redirected to the main Kunena configuration panel, which displays for you all the features and settings you need in order to setup and customize the forum system to your liking.
One of Kunena's most notable features is the perfect and seamless integration into your Joomla system. Gone are the days when your users had to login to your site, and afterwards, do a separate login to access the forums. Once you are logged into your Joomla site, you are automatically logged into the forums, and vice versa. To top things off, you can visit the Kunena website and check out the KED (Kunena Extensions Directory) and download additional addons to extend Kunena more than it already is.
The guys at Kunena didn't forget about the social networking fans either. If you have the popular JomSocial or Community Builder component in your extension arsenal, Kunena offers complete and seamless integration into both extensions. If you choose to integrate your forums with JomSocial, whenever a member of your site makes a post in the forums, a quick snippet will appear in the JomSocial activity stream for all your site members to see.
Kunena also has a type of karma and thank you system, which lets users reward each other with points and recognition for making great or helpful post. In the case that you're are looking for a more sophisticated standalone solution, support and integration is offered for the popular referral user points system AlphaUserPoints, which awards your members points for posting on the forums.
One of the best things about Kunena is that its a community driven extension, which means it offers excellent support, and will likely be around for a very long time. In the case that you do run into a problem, the support team is usually very prompt in responding and assisting in getting it resolved. The developers also update the extension rather frequently, so it's security is top notch, and bugs are quickly fixed with each release.
In the end, Kunena ranks as a top notch forum component for Joomla users. With excellent premium features, perfect integration into other popular extensions, great security, outstanding support, frequent updates, and a non-existent price tag, its no wonder why Kunena is the best forum solution for Joomla to date.
- urls are always generated incorrectly (component/kunena). It simply doesn't have proper routing.
- The index page (in our case recent posts) has a nightmare title, which cannot be changed through the standard Joomla! menu manager.
If you are looking for a good forum, skip that one.