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Kunena 5.2 Beta 1 Released (24 Sep 2020)

The Kunena team is thrilled to announce the first public beta release of Kunena 5.2, a native Joomla extension for Joomla 3.9. This is a development release and should be only be used for testing; this version is not recommended for live websites at this stage.

The purpose of this release is to encourage testing by downloading, installing and identifying any problems or shortcomings that people may discover. K 5.2.0 B1 is stable and we are aware that people will discover defects. We encourage you to use the forum to report defects, as soon as they are discovered, so that the development team can work through the problems before the release of K 5.1 as a stable product. Reporting defects does not mean that the problems can or will be fixed. The Kunena team is looking forward to hearing your feedback on how well we have achieved our design goals.

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It is important to note that the Kunena team does not have a standard, recommended or supported protocol for these ideas and that posting questions in this category may not receive advice from team members.

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10 years 1 month ago #1 by coolnet
I was curious, when I was reading the docs on your site, I was wondering, do I need to have Joomla to run Kunena or can I run Kunena without Joomla?

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10 years 1 month ago - 10 years 1 month ago #2 by sozzled

coolnet wrote: Can I run Kunena without Joomla?

No
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10 years 1 month ago - 10 years 1 month ago #3 by coolnet

sozzled wrote:

coolnet wrote: Can I run Kunena without Joomla?

No


Thanks for the reply. Is there a reason why you need Joomla to run Kunena? I love the Kunena design and everything, but the Joomla looks very confusing to use.
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10 years 1 month ago #4 by sozzled

coolnet wrote: Is there a reason why you need Joomla to run Kunena?

Yes. Kunena was designed to use Joomla and is built around the Joomla Application Program Interface [API]. Kunena was not designed to operate as a standalone forum like phpBB. Other standalone foums have their own user registration, login/logout and user profiling faciliies. Kunena uses these features that are already incorporated into Joomla.

This is the same design philosphy used by other Joomla extensions (including other forum software, similar to Kunena, like Agora for instance). The principle is that Joomla is what manages the overall content; extensions (like Kunena) extend this Joomla functionality. Joomla may seem, at first glance, to be a little overwhelming. I recommend that you read about what Joomla has to offer and try it for yourself before you come to any final conclusions about it.

I recommend two wonderful books on the subject:
  • Using Joomla by Ron Severdia and Kenneth Crowder, published by O'Reilly Media Inc. Ron Severdia is also a member of the Kunena development team.
  • Beginning Joomla! From Novice to Professional by Dan Rahmel, published by Apress. Although this book is a little dated, the general principles are similar.
I own these books, they're excellent value and I'm sure they will be useful to refer to for a long time to come! ;)
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10 years 1 month ago #5 by coolnet
Thank you for your reply. I don't know much about Joomla and Kunena, but now I do.

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