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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
I am one happy camper!
In the past I have used Agora, till they starting selling it and everything went downhill from their, and phpBB3 using a bridge from rockettheme.
However since moving to Joomla 1.6 I didnt have the option of phpBB3 as their isnt a bridge for Joomla 1.6 that I could find. So I started looking at other forums.
I had tried Kunena a year or so ago but opted for Agora. For me it was just better. But I decided to give kunena another try.
Boy am I glad I did. It installed without a problem, and NEARLY all of the backend stuff is self explanatory, or can be gleamed from the manual.
I did have one problem but that was due to a "clash" of css between a rockettheme template and Kunena itself. No problem, I put up a post in their Forum and after a few posts back and forth my problem was solved.
Has it got what phpBB3 has got? NO !!! But phpBB3 is a much more maturer product. But then again phpBB3 doesnt seemlessly tie into Joomla. Is it getting to a place of being as good as phpBB3? I think so. I reckon once version 2 is launched it will be competing very heavily with phpBB3 and the other PAID FOR forums.
Given its lack of "power" and "lack of functions" in some areas I must admit to have swithered about awarding Kunena a 4 or a 5. But then I remembered the support I had received. That for me tipped it over the edge to get a 5.
On the subject of support I must really say something about one of their Mods - Sozzled - (The man from Downunder) - I get the impression he doesnt suffer fools gladly ;-) but this guy goes that extrea mile to help, or at least that is my experience - Thanks again "Ironman", you are a credit to Kunena.
I've installed Kunena Last night (worked till 6 o' clock in the morning)on Joomla 1.6 on a Linux Ubuntu 11.04 Server and it Installed and Works like a Charm Man!
I've been testing and playing with the latest versions and I can see that you people have made great improvements to the script..
In One Word: Fantastic!
You saved my Life.
I've been waiting so long and especcially for this App.
I've also installed the Kunena Discuss plugin which communicates with the Forum and it works great. It creates such a great communication facility.. I'm telling you!
You know, Words are not enough to express my gratitude, for I know how much time, energy and love it takes to create this peace of digital Art!
Not a Million, but a Kabilion ThanX for this Creation!
Keep up the Good Work my Friends!
God Bless You All!!!
Stay in Touch!
Greetz from Masterdam/Amsterdam, The Netherlands..
I would spend -hours- trying to get some kind of bridge, edit or 'fix' to allow my site users seamlessly hop back and forth between the site itself and the forums. It was impossible.
Then, out of the Darkness, came Kunena. Kunena is hands down, the easiest, simplest, most feature-rich-bang-for-your-FREE-buck you can get!
I love it! Never again will I toil with other, complicated forum 'solutions.'
I know next to nothing about CMS, Joomla, web-design or anything of that nature and this extension is definitely newbie friendly. V1.6.4 is faster and sleeker then 1.6.3 - I noticed immediate and distinct differences in speed and execution. Pages are built and displayed faster and support is excellent.
If you are new to this kind of thing or an old hat at it - and you use forums, you need Kunena, you need it today.
Feel free to get in contact with me regarding any questions or concerns.
The only slight niggle I found was that the input text when making a post was very small, really only pixies could read it. It was not that easy to track down the bit of css required to change it. The layout of the files and folders in the extension isn't really standard for a Joomla MVC component, so it makes it that bit harder to find the relevant file. What I found in the CSS is that there are a lot of very specific rules for the font sizes (77 in all!). Some of them use relative font sizes (em) which was causing problems on my site because the font size was already small. If it is really necessary to be that precise about fonts it might be better to stick to using absolute font sizes, then at least there should not be any danger of ending up with unreadable text. Possibly it might be argued that 77 rules for the font size is too many.
But this is a minor reservation about what is a very good extension.
and here i want to thanks to hole development team for a great great job,
and it's free too, for such a component you have to pay around 1000$ ( i think, just comparing with some commercial plugins)
the support team of kunena helped me to get a solution for my joomla template and made the template work. For a free Component, they have one of the best support teams. In some other payed components the support is much worse.
The best board component with friendly, fast and compentent support.
The documentation is well written and thorough. The forum for their forum is thick with developers' and users' input. I received a quick response to one inconsequential issue.
THANK YOU KUNENA!
The back-end admin panel is very complete and offers many options to configure and run the forum.
I had to migrate a site developed in Joomla 1.0 (yes it was time!) using the Fireboard component forum. I first used the migrator component with the Fireboard migrator plugin to backup the old content. When I've installed Kunena in the new site, it asked me if I wanted to restore the Fireboard content or proceed with a virgin install. And voila done!
Well... Almost ;) There is something that's not clearly explained in Kunena docs. It needs Mootols 1.2 to install and run properly. Which means that you have to enable the System - Mootools Upgrade (mtupgrade) plugin in Joomla plugin manager. Without it, the Kunena installer will end up with an awful php error :(
Apart from that little trick it's definitely a 5 stars component.
But Kunena lacks support of user groups. After looking at its support forum, this seems to be the major complaint for some years now. The forum users are classified according to the quite-limited Joomla . I hope this choice can be re-considered someday.
Hell Fabricio, thanks for your feedback. Yes, Kunena uses the built-in Joomla user groups for the best integration possible. We believe this is a strength in comparison with other solutions.
Also, Kunena supports free third-party extensions like noixACL, JXtended Control, and the ArtofUser component which offer fine-grained user control, including group features, in Kunena. These are great solutions and, in our opinion, are better than the options available in other forums.
Kunena 1.6.4 (to be released very shortly) will support Joomla 1.6 and that includes the native groups (which are more flexible). Kunena 2.0 will also have increased group support (due out in beta soon). So check back to see if either of those versions (or the above free group options) meet your needs.
Kunena has proven to be the simplest integration I've seen. No dual databases...no dual logins...fast installation...straight forward configuration....plenty of available templates...Plus, the option to integrate into your existing template.
I am impressed.
I cannot express how impressed I have been with the Kunena team from top to bottom on my experience thus far.
When I encounter problems on the Kunena installation I posted on the forum and the support was perfect, quick and helpful answers. They even chat with me to be easier and faster.
I've been ''playing'' with Joomla for the last 6 years and I is the best support I received so far.
Congrats to the developers and the forum support.
Keep your great work !