Kunena Features

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Introduction

This article lists the features generally available in various versions of Kunena. "Generally available" refers to features incorporated within the standard installation package that can be downloaded from the site. Some additional functionality and features been added with third-party Joomla extensions. This article makes no assessment or claims as to the reliablity of those extensions.

There is no company behind Kunena; everyone who contributes to Kunena is a hobbyist, enthusiast or professional web developer who gives their time freely to this project - volunteers every one of us. Our hope is to make Kunena the most reliable, scalable, durable and robust forum component for Joomla that we can make it and to give people the best solution to meeting their forum needs. The forum is a self-help community-driven resource for users to help one another. Our job, in moderating the forum, is not necessarily to answer every question but, rather, to point people in the right direction where they can find the answers.

Kunena is a registered trademark.

General limitation of reliability

Kunena is an ongoing project of the Kunena project team. Many older releases of Kunena are no longer actively supported by the team. This means that the team does not support (nor do members of the project deal with) questions arising from the use of older versions of Kunena. As a result, some features listed in the sections below have not been tested on older versions and, for the purposes of making an assessment about specific feature availability it should assumed that, if a version is not supported, the feature does not exist or did not work in that version.

Architecture (general)

Kunena 3.1

Kunena 3.0

Kunena 2.0

Kunena 1.7

Kunena 1.6

Kunena 1.5

Kunena 1.0

MVC No Yes Yes No No No No
HMVC Yes No No No No No No
LESS (stylesheet language) Yes No No No No No No
Upgrades without uninstalling previous versions Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Versioning system GitHub GitHub GitHub GitHub GitHub Joomlacode Joomlacode
Public release TBD 14-May-2013 26-Jun-2012 28-Aug-2011 12-Oct-2010 15-Jun-2009 10-Jan-2009

Kunena 3.1

Kunena 3.0

Kunena 2.0

Kunena 1.7

Kunena 1.6

Kunena 1.5

Kunena 1.0

Interoperability with other Joomla extensions

The degree to which Kunena is able to interoperate with other Joomla extensions depends entirely on whether the Joomla extension is compatible with a particular version of Kunena. In some cases it is necessary to enable Kunena configuration settings to integrate other Joomla extension functionality within the forum. Lack of interoperability does not necessarily mean that Kunena will not work if you have other extensions installed; a value of "no" in the following table simply means that there are no linkages between the specified Joomla extension and Kunena. It is not the responsibility of the Kunena project to ensure that Kunena is compatible or interoperates with other Joomla extensions.

Kunena 3.1

Kunena 3.0

Kunena 2.0

Kunena 1.7

Kunena 1.6

Kunena 1.5

Kunena 1.0

Community Builder Planned Yes Yes[1] Yes Yes Yes Yes
JomSocial Planned Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
uddeIM Planned Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
AlphaUserPoints Planned Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Artof User No No Yes Yes Yes No No
sh404SEF No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
AceSEF No No No Yes Yes No No
MijoSEF Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
XMAP Yes Yes[2] Yes[3] Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tapatalk Untested Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Artio JoomSEF No No No Untested Yes Yes No
JoomFish No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
K2 No No No No No No No
JFirePHP profiler No No No Yes Yes No No
Mobile Joomla Untested Yes Yes Yes Untested No No
External API for 3rd party integration Yes Yes Yes, improved Yes Yes No No
User prefetch caching for 3rd party integration Yes Yes Yes, improved Yes Yes No No

Kunena 3.1

Kunena 3.0

Kunena 2.0

Kunena 1.7

Kunena 1.6

Kunena 1.5

Kunena 1.0

Forum layout (templates)

Kunena 3.1

Kunena 3.0

Kunena 2.0

Kunena 1.7

Kunena 1.6

Kunena 1.5

Kunena 1.0

K 1.0 templates No No No No No No Yes
K 1.5 templates No No No No No Yes No
K 1.6 templates No No No Yes Yes No No
K 1.7 templates No No Yes Yes No No No
K 2.0 templates Yes Yes Yes No No No No
K 3.0 templates Yes Yes No No No No No
K 3.1 templates Yes No No No No No No
Layout independent from style Yes Yes with limitations Yes with limitations Yes with limitations Yes with limitations No No
Minified CSS and Javascript files Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Joomla module positions Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Colour-coded categories Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
iPhone and iPad ready Yes Yes Yes Yes Experimental No No
Template compatible within series[4] Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Support for tableless templates Yes (experimental) with limitations Yes (experimental) with limitations No No No No No
CSS sprites Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Colour-coded usernames Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No

Kunena 3.1

Kunena 3.0

Kunena 2.0

Kunena 1.7

Kunena 1.6

Kunena 1.5

Kunena 1.0

User features (frontend)

Kunena 3.1

Kunena 3.0

Kunena 2.0

Kunena 1.7

Kunena 1.6

Kunena 1.5

Kunena 1.0

Forum registration[5] Automatic via Joomla or 3rd party extension Automatic via Joomla or 3rd party extension Automatic via Joomla or 3rd party extension Automatic via Joomla or 3rd party extension Automatic via Joomla or 3rd party extension Automatic via Joomla or 3rd party extension Automatic via Joomla or 3rd party extension
Site login from forum Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kunena login module No[6] Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Ban users from site Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Ban users from forum Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Delete banned users' posts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Show banned reason Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Moderators split/merge topics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Moderators move topics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Change topic icon with topic move/merge/split Yes Yes Yes Some basic/automatic Some basic/automatic No No
Reply auto-generates "Re:" in subject No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flat vs Threaded views Yes Yes Yes Experimental Experimental No Yes
First-Post-First vs Last-Post-First Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Users upload own avatar image Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Forum signatures Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ranks Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rank ≡ forum privileges No No No No No No No
Karma No[7] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gender/Birthdate/Location/URL Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Thank you Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
User points[8] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Private messaging[8] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Editor BBcode BBcode BBcode BBcode BBcode BBcode BBcode
Real-time WYSIWYG message editing No No No No No No No
New indicator Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Category Index Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Recent Topics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Exclude/Include categories from Recent Topics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Unanswered Topics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Rules Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Help Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Show edited by Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Show edited reason Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GeSHi code highlighting Deprecated[9] Deprecated[9] Yes Yes Yes No No
Show IP address Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hide IP address from moderators Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Report abuse Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Badword filter No No No No No No Yes[8]
Favorites Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
User subscribe topics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
User subscribe categories Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
User unsubscribe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Userlist Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Userlist shows super users[10] Selectable[11] Selectable[12] No[13] No[13] No[13] Yes Yes
Hide userlist from guests Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Hide user online status Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Forum statistics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Who is online Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hide user online status Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Show user's number of posts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Moderator review before publishing Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Show credits Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Show version number[10] No No No No No Yes Yes
Show time create page Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Quickjump Yes[14] Yes[14] Yes[14] Yes Yes Yes Yes
Upload attachments Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Upload multiple attachments Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Auto-resize and thumbnails for attachments Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Javascript form validation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Hide user online status Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Joomla articles create forum topics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes[8]
Topic icons Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Topic icon ≡ topic status Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Topic owner/moderator reply change topic icon Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Category icons Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Buttons adapt language Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Auto-embed YouTube player Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Post time absolute or relative Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No (only relative) No (only relative)
User edit own post Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Moderators edit posts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
User change category after posting No No No No No No No
User trash own post Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Moderators trash posts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Moderators restore trashed posts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Moderators[15] [permanently] delete posts No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Quote Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multiple quote No No No No No No No
Moderators lock topic Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Users lock topic No No No No No No No
Sticky topics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Users change category after posting No No No No No No No
Forum search Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
AJAX-driven forum search Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Post by email No No No No No No No
ACL support Yes Yes Yes Yes with limitations Basic No No
Hidden/private categories Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Spoiler Yes Yes Yes, improved Yes Yes Yes Yes
Insert images in messages Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Integrated lightbox display Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hide information from guests Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Show confidential information only to moderators Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Polls Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Tables Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Embed Google Maps Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Auto-embed eBay Listings Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bold/Italic/Underline Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Font size/colour Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Superscript/Subscript Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Numbered lists Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bulleted lists Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Left/right/centre aligned text Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Message preview Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
AJAX-powered splitscreen preview Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Allow HTML[10] No No No No No No No
Allow scripts in posts[10] No No No No No No No
Configurable unique or relative message numbering Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Kunena latest posts module Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Joomla search integration Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No

Kunena 3.1

Kunena 3.0

Kunena 2.0

Kunena 1.7

Kunena 1.6

Kunena 1.5

Kunena 1.0

Administration features (backend)

Kunena 3.1

Kunena 3.0

Kunena 2.0

Kunena 1.7

Kunena 1.6

Kunena 1.5

Kunena 1.0

Non-english language availability[16] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Intelligent SEF/metatags Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes with limitations No
Anti-flood control Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Allow/disallow file uploads Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Allow/disallow image uploads Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Restrict file size uploads Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Restrict image size uploads Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
First n posts require approval Yes Yes Yes No No No No
First n posts require CAPTCHA Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Storage quotas[17] No No No No No No No
Browse uploaded files Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Browse uploaded images Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hide attachments from guests Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Hide images from guests Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Registered users only can view forum Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Guests can post Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Registered users can post anonymously Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Hide userlist from guests Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Auto-subscribe administrators Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Auto-subscribe moderators Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Auto-subscribe users[18] No No No No No No No
Smiley management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Category management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Template management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Ranks management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Restore to default settings Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Configuration report Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Trash management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
User management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
One-button remove old topics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
RSS feeds Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
RSS feeds per category Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
CAPTCHA for guests Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CAPTCHA for registered users Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Kunena debug mode Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Auto-detect 3rd party component integration Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Use Joomla menu in forum Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Generates SEF URLs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Import from Agora No No No Experimental Experimental No No
Import from ccBoard No No No Yes Experimental No No
Import from Discussions No No No Experimental No No No
Import from Joo!BB No No No Experimental No No No
Import from Ninjaboard No No No Experimental Experimental No No
Import from phpBB No No No Yes Experimental No No
Import from phpBB3 No No No Yes Experimental No No
Import from PNphpBB2 No No No Experimental No No No
Import from SMF2 No No No Experimental No No No
Database diagnostics[19] Yes Yes Yes Experimental Experimental No No
Remove stored IP addresses Yes Yes No No No No No
Template Management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Assign moderators (multiple users) Yes Yes No No No No No

Kunena 3.1

Kunena 3.0

Kunena 2.0

Kunena 1.7

Kunena 1.6

Kunena 1.5

Kunena 1.0

Further reading

References

  1. Recommended version is CB 1.9.0
  2. No Kunena topics listed in XMAP sitemap
  3. Xmap - Kunena Plugin problems
  4. Assessing whether templates designed for one point release of Kunena (e.g. K 1.5.6) and another (e.g. 1.5.7) relies on how tightly coupled the PHP code (that generates the web elements) and the CSS (that renders those elements). You should look at this information in the context of the row "Layout independent from style". Where PHP is completely decoupled from the CSS then templates designed for one point release of Kunena will be compatible across all point releases in that series.
  5. Kunena is not responsible for user registration. Site registration is handled by Joomla. Other Joomla extensions also add registration features (e.g. JomSocial and Community Builder). See also How do I register new users to my website and where should they login to use my website?
  6. No new releases of the Kunena Login module are foreseen at this time and the last version that was released may continue to work (for a time) after K 3.0. The Kunena Login module will remain available for download but only on an "as is" basis. The development team is not committed to maintaining or fixing any defects in this module.
  7. Owing to numerous problems involving the "karma" system inherited from Fireboard, the feature was removed from the Crypsis form of K 3.1 and no future versions of Kunena will support the karma mechanism at all. Although the Blue Eagle form of K 3.1 retains the feature (if people want to enable it), there is no official support for it. See also the forum discussion on the subject: What is "karma"?
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Requires use of third-party plugin
  9. 9.0 9.1 From J! 3.1, GeSHi code highlighting has been removed. Support for GeSHi with K 3.x is not guaranteed.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 There are site security risks in enabling this feature
  11. This feature can be enabled or disabled with a configuration setting
  12. By default, in versions before K 3.0.6, all super user accounts were hidden from the userlist. From K 3.0.6, this feature can be controlled with a configuration setting (see Kunena 3.0.6 Read Me for more information to display or hide all super users)
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 By default, all super user accounts are hidden from the userlist.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Feature dependent on Kunena template used
  15. Administrators have extra privileges to permanently delete posts and topics
  16. The extent to which non-English translations of Kunena are available depends on the generosity of people devoting themselves to this task. From K 1.6 translation development was undertaken under the Transifex project. Owing the growing size of including non-English languages as part of the core Kunena installation package, from K 2.0 all non-English language translations for Kunena were removed from the component installation kit and transferred into a separately downloaded package. Further information about non-English language availability for specific versions of Kunena may be found by reading the release notes for the version
  17. Storage quotas: this means whether quotas are enabled and enforced on a per-user basis limiting the total size of all files a user may upload to the server.
  18. "Automatically" subscribe all members to be notified of any new messages
  19. See separate articles for Database schema tool and Diagnostic tool
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