Top 10 Kunena modules and plugins overview

Top 10 Kunena modules and plugins overview

By Eugene Sivokon Friday, 10 October 2014

Kunena forum is one of the best forum extensions for Joomla that has been used by thousands of web masters for many years. And now you may easily create a full forum with creative design (look at our Kunena templates).

So, core features are good, but what about additional modules and plugins that may add additional functional to site that uses Kunena? Maybe integration with other components? Of course! So, we have to examine extensions from 3rd party developers and here is a short overview of actual add-ons.

Akismet For Kunena

  • Compatibility: Kunena 3.x
  • Type: Free

Akismet is an effective anti-spam service providing integration with software to avoid spammers. So, this plugin provides Kunena integration with Akismet. Written by famous JoomlaWorks company. Do not ignore this useful plugin since the secure and clean site without unnecessary forum activity is a kind of success.

SW KBirthday for Kunena

  • Compatibility: Kunena 3.x
  • Type: Free

The module displays birthdays of Kunena forum members within specified range (i.e. 7 days, a month or more). Wide range of settings: user avatars, link to profile, integration with JomSocial and Community Builder. A little module that may be useful for community-like site.

SLogin - Kunena

  • Compatibility: Kunena 3.x
  • Type: Commercial

This is add-on allowing to integrate SLogin and Kunena. SLogin is a great extension providing user authorization through social accounts (a new user will be created automatically after first log in). SLogin - Kunena plugin provides a must-have integration, as a result: users may log in Kunena forum with social network accounts with avatar. Plugin costs just about 9 EUR, so you may buy it using PayPal. Here is a related tutorial: How to make a social network authorization.

Kunena Signature

  • Compatibility: Kunena 3.x
  • Type: Free

This add-on is a field allowing a user to input forum signature in profile form.

ASK - Auto Subscription for Kunena

  • Compatibility: Kunena 3.x
  • Type: Free

Activation of subscription for new forum members whose subscriptions are assigned in automatic or manual mode. For instance new users.

Kunena Social Share

  • Compatibility: Kunena 3.x
  • Type: Commercial

The plugin allows to add social share buttons like Facebook, Twitter and Google+1 inside forum posts. A small and nice plugin.

Kunena Mobile Joomla extension

  • Compatibility: Kunena 3.x
  • Type: Commercial

This add-on for MobileJoomla component provides using Kunena forum in favorite mobile devices and gadgets, i.e. iPhone, Android based smartphones and iPad. Please note this is not Responsive Kunena template, it is a plugin for MobileJoomla component.

zKunenaTicker

  • Compatibility: Kunena 3.x
  • Type: Commercial

A Ticker Module displaying the latest forum posts with nice dynamic effects.

nZambi Latest Posts

  • Compatibility: Kunena 2.x
  • Type: Free

This free module displays the latest Kunena posts in accordion mode on mouse hover.

PayPlans Access Control for Kunena

  • Compatibility: Kunena 3.x
  • Type: Commercial

PayPlans is Joomla membership extension providing effective organization of memberships and plans within site. This plugin integrates PayPlans and Kunena forum, so you may assign users with specified plans to related Kunena categories.

Conclusion

Despite of the fact that standard modules cover minimal requirements, you may use 3rd party modules and plugins to extend Kunena features and make a website better especially if you’re using 3rd party extensions or going to build a portal or thematic community.

Try our Kunena templates to get clean and responsive design that will bring your forum to a professional level.

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Eugene Sivokon

Executive manager, web developer, and Joomla enthusiast! He has been a part of and worked in many of the major web development roles over his 11 years, taking on various projects. Personal site: eugenesivokon.com