Kunena 4.0.10: report card May 2016

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09May2016

Kunena 4.0.10: report card May 2016

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My last report about Kunena was not favourable; it was written more than six months ago and there have been four releases since then.  It is therefore time to update the report card.  Kunena is a popular[1] forum product for Joomla. Despite the overall declining popularity in internet forums and Joomla in general—and Kunena in particular—it remains one of the most widely-reviewed extensions in the JED.  Perhaps the best example of its use is at the project team’s website[2].

It’s difficult to say how well this product will satisfy your requirements (because everyone is different) but, in general terms, Kunena provides the essential features needed to run a forum.  Generally-speaking, Kunena is fairly intuitive from the end-user perspective and should require little training of your users to make the most of it.

Transform the Kunena Blue Eagle menu from “tabs” to “nav pills”

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25Apr2016

The Kunena Blue Eagle menu

The “nav pill” menu

There must be literally thousands of different ways that site owners handle user navigation around their websites; people probably spend countless hours (and sometimes a lot of money) searching for that “ideal” menu that highlights and facilitates access to the site’s content.  There are an unlimited number of menu modules one can obtain for Joomla; some menus are included when you obtain a Joomla template and others can be installed separately.  The choice is limited only by one's imagination.

The whole point of having a menu is to make it easy for people to find what they’re seeking or to display what area of the site that they’ve found.  Whatever menu system you choose, it’s probably a good idea to keep it simple!

This article demonstrates how, with a few lines of CSS, you can transform the “standard” menu in the Blue Eagle template for Kunena from its “tabbed” appearance into a Bootstrap-like “nav pills” design without installing a Bootstrap-compatible Joomla template or an additional Joomla menu module.

A simple makeover for the Kunena Blue Eagle template

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20Apr2016

A simple makeover for the Kunena Blue Eagle template

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What is “special” about Blue Eagle

Where did those rounded corners come from?

Remove the borders between forum elements

The Kunena Blue Eagle template has been around for a long time—over 6 years since it was first designed for K 1.6—and it is the basis for 95% of the hundreds of thousands of Joomla websites around the world that use the Kunena forum product.  As you can imagine, there have been a lot of changes in the last 6 years.  Apart from thirty-plus releases of Kunena there have been changes in web-browser technology, HTML, CSS and generally in the way people prefer to view web content (desktop computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones).  It is not surprising that the Kunena Blue Eagle template developed 6 years ago (and that has largely remained unchanged over this time) is showing its age.

In the years that the author has been associated with Kunena we must have answered thousands—possibly tens of thousands—of questions about how to change bits and pieces of the standard Kunena template.  This article will demonstrate a couple of changes that you can make to give your forum template a simple, modern and more elegant look.

Kunena 4.0.6: report card October 2015

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23Oct2015

Kunena 4.0.6: report card October 2015

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3318 hits Updated: 14 June 2016

Installation / intial setup

Functionality / features

Look and feel

Reliability

Documentation

Internal software design

Support

Kunena is a Joomla extension.  This means it relies on Joomla for account creation, user login and forum access.

Kunena is a popular[1] forum product for Joomla. Despite the overall declining popularity in internet forums and Joomla in general—and Kunena in particular—it remains one of the most widely-reviewed extensions in the JED.  Perhaps the best example of its use is at the project team’s website[2].  It’s difficult to say how well this product will satisfy your requirements (because everyone is different) but, in general terms, Kunena provides the essential features needed to run a forum.  Generally-speaking, Kunena is fairly intuitive from the end-user perspective and should require little training of your users to make the most of it.