In summary, if you’re looking to quickly get up and running with a community forum for your Joomla website – the Kunena extension is what you’re looking for. In the 5 years it has been available; it has been downloaded over 3,000,000 times and is the only community supported open source solution with public help forums, GitHub and even a Wiki documentation page!
Because Kunena is already an associated component of Joomla, it seamlessly integrates itself into the Joomla framework. This means that Joomla already takes care of the modules, menus, registration, user management and even the login/logout aspects of the forum.
In addition, Kunena worries simply about the essential parts of a well-run forum – this allows for not having to write a whole framework just for the forum.
If you’re still a bit new to the world of Joomla and its extensions, then you don’t have to worry: Kunena was specifically designed to be an easy to use, yet powerful CMS based forum platform with unlimited growing potential to fit or match your needs! As mentioned earlier, because Kunena is tightly integrated with Joomla, this will allow for a whole range of customization options – even cross-customization options that no other combined solution would be able to offer.
By now we know you’re ready and roaring to go! So what do you need to download? The current and most stable recommended release of Kunena for websites using Joomla 2.5 or Joomla 3.x is Kunena 3.0.4.
Kunena 3.0 was in development for about 10 months and the main objectives to complete during development time were to remove many of the legacy problems that still remained due to requirements that older Joomla 1.5 websites had. Of course, serious consideration was also taken into keeping up with current and future Joomla trends.