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
Cheers Josh Lewis.
Can't rate it highly enough and cant recommend it strongly enough. If you want forums and you have Joomla! you NEED Kunena. 'Nuff said.
I very nearly jumped ship when Fireboard could no longer do what I wanted, but thank goodness I stuck with it! Kunena forms the core of my site, its my primary consideration when adding any other features to my site.
The improvements in the recent 1.6 release make this a serious contender for anyone wanting to setup a forum, even over its non-Joomla counterparts. I readily recommend Kunena.
However... I am surprised at all the glowing reviews because there are some problems yet with this new version. If you have a restricted or private forum for registered users only, then bad things can happen.
1. Category setup. If you have a restricted or private forum, Administrators cannot access the forum at all unless you ALSO specify the backend access. I fiddled with that a lot until I was able to get it to work. Not only do you have to specify who gets access but you MUST appoint moderators for that forum (including yourself) or nobody with an Admin ranking will be able to get in. ALSO... remember to publish the SECTIONS as well as the categories. I got so twangled up in forum settings that somehow the sections got turned off. (It's easy to get twangled when things aren't going right.)
2. When you're done setting up a new component, the last thing you do is make a MENU item link, right?? Oh, this was worst nightmare I've had in months. If you have a private forum, the MENU links won't work! I read everything in the Kunena forum, I followed all instructions and I spent 6 or 7 hours simply trying to create a menu link that didn't generate error messages. Apparently Kunena's router needs some tweaking? I don't know what's wrong but IMO, this problem should have been fixed during the BETA testing stage.
I believe this is what you must do to create a menu link that doesn't generate errors:
a. Make sure your Joomla is UP TO DATE and create a NEW Joomla menu. Create an entirely new JOOMLA menu (not a third party menu.) Don't use your old Joomla menus, make a new one. (You can copy links over to the new one.) But you need to create an all-new Kunena link, keep reading...
b. Go into the Kunena configuration and go to the CONTROL PANEL. Select the icon that says CREATE MENU. This will generate a menu link that works. You may have to search through all your menus to FIND the link that Kunena just made. It doesn't matter where it lands, you can move it to the menu you want.
c. If you have other forum links with the same unique id name, there might be conflicts. Since Kunena generates a FORUM link with the unique name of forum (which is not very unique), you may want to change it's name to something much more original. Or delete other links which have the unique name so there's no confusion.
d. It might be necessary to use entirely NEW sections and entirely NEW categories in order to discard old kunena code. I'm not entirely sure if this is right, but 7 hours of trying to create a menu link; I discarded everything that was from Kunena 1.5 in case legacy code was the problem. Some of the error messages did indicate that legacy code was the culprit. (But we all know that error messages usually have nothing to do with the real error.)
If you're successful in generating a forum menu link that works without errors, don't change it and don't touch it. If you want to try to tweak your Menu link, make a copy and adjust that instead. I found that no kind of tweaking worked no-how.
ANOTHER BIG PROBLEM: you can't link to a specific Category or Forum directly. This is a real pain because we only use one category for my Forum, but we can't make a menu link for it; not without breaking the router.
SO, I created a hard-coded link at the top of my HOME page that goes directly to the category I want, and it works without errors. But I can't set up a Joomla menu item for that category and as a result, I can't set the forum as my DEFAULT home page either, even though it's the main purpose for our family website.
I really hope the Kunena developers address this issue soon because I'm not the only one who's had major frustrations with simply making a Menu link. It shouldn't be this hard, it really shouldn't.
Thank you for your detailed feedback. It's great for the Kunena Team to receive such things in order to keep improving Kunena.
One point of correction: Yes you CAN create a menu link to forum categories. You just create a Joomla menu item, choose Kunena Forum, then choose Category as the type. You'll have a selection there of all your forum categories to choose from. Very easy. If you had posted a question on the Kunena Support Forums about this, we could have pointed you in the right direction (you're a registered user, but haven't made a single post yet). If you post your issues there, our great team will be happy to answer any other questions you might have and save you lots of time!
Thanks for using Kunena!
It is simple to use and easy to manage. Thanks Kunena Team --you guys ROCK!
I give just 4 stars because for a normal user with a simple web page this component is surely an overkill.
Thanks for your feedback. We've made every effort to make Kunena as easy to use as possible, but it still may seem like overkill. We're definitely committed to keeping all that "Kunena power" under the hood and as easy to use as possible in order to avoid that feeling of "overkill."
Thanks for supporting Kunena!
Sorry about your situation, but you should really try to get on MooTools 1.2—especially since Joomla now uses it in the core.
Thanks for supporting Kunena!
Tried Phpp witch worked fine but it was very difficult to integrate it to my site, didn't want a new complete page for it. I tried Agora, SMF and ... I realised Kunena was by far the best.
Now since 1.6 I am completely satisfied with it.
The support on the forums is awesome, I had some issues that were fixed in a matter of minutes so hat off to that.
It could do better for themes & design, but other thatn that 5*
Installations is extremely easy; upgrading from K1.5x versions is supported, as is a roll-back function. New is also that after configuration changes, one is able to "undo" the settings and go back to the last known state. Great!! Deleted some messages? No problem. This forum has a waste bin!
There was some trouble with the template we used for our site, and the Kunena team responded very quick and with thorough solutions. They not only pointed me in the right direction but took (a lot of) time to "spell it out" for me!
Bottom line: if you're looking for a forum on your Joomla site: don't search any longer, and get Kunena! Keep up the good work over there!!!