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.
The backend has a nice Joomla looking layout so you won't have to spend much time trying to understand a new component. The settings are well laid out and easy to understand.
The front end is very nicely laid out. It's really nice to finally have a nice non joomla looking photo gallery. The uploader also looks very nice and works extremely well. Very nice commenting system built in which sends emails to user when comments are made.
The support I have received has been excellent. I had some custom work done at a very reasonable price.
There are a few things which I feel could be better. It has a basic tagging system which is not connected to search. A lot of time goes into tagging pics. It would be a good idea to be able to search for those tags.
Options for diffent pops up like high slide, etc...
Drag and drop picture ordering on the front end would be helpful.
All in all I found this to be a very nice gallery and it keeps getting better the more I play with it.
There is only one menu selection. So if you have more than one directory you can't show them separately without creating an external url. This extension is basically built for one directory with nested categories in that directory.
It comes with a few templates. They don't take the look of the website so you need to manually change them.
Other than those couple of things I think this is a very good component. The customer support I received was excellent.
The component itself is working great! I needed something that could handle my memberships and serve as an event registration component, the micro integration into my forums allowed me to do just this.
They have a slew of how to videos on there website. I watched a couple to get a feel for the component. Then only took a few minutes after that to set it up.
The back end is a work of art. You can't beat the one click updates!
It's in beta so it's not ready for a production site just yet but I still give it a excellent review for everything that is working. Plus the forward thinking of chameleon.
I'm a relative novice with joomla but I can't figure out why anybody would care if the system gets changed to mysqli. I couldn't tell any difference on how everything work.
Keep up the good work.