Kunena Forum ProjectMatias GrieseLead developer of KunenaEmail:     matias@kunena.orgTwitter:   @MatiasGrieseWeb:       ww...
What’s Kunena?✔    Free forum component✔    Native for Joomla! 1.5, 1.7 and beyond✔    4 major releases✔    Active develop...
What’s Kunena again?✔    Community based project✔    Translated into 20-30 languages✔    1.6M downloads, used in 300-500k ...
RIP FireBoard 6/2008 - 12/2008✗   No strategic vision✗    Not responding to needs of the community                    MY O...
Major ReleasesKunena 1.0                       2/2009 – 11/2009●    First objective: make it usableKunena 1.5             ...
Kunena 2.0 – New VisionObjective: Communication platform➢    Providing a way forward for existing users➢    Performance & ...
Kunena 2.0 TeaserKunena Forum Project        5-11-2011
How did Kunena become popular?Q: How to succeed with Open Source?●  Be open• Gain a good reputation• Build your community•...
Be Open; Collaborate✔    GPL: visibility in JED✔    GitHub: allow others to participate✔    Transifex: make translating ea...
Be Known; Gain Reputation✔    Be responsive to the users needs✔    Use media: positive JED reviews✔    Aim for robustness,...
Build Your Community✔    Reward the most helpful users✔    Bind key people to your project✔    Provide new opportunities f...
Organize Your Project✔    Leadership skills; keeping it together✔    Technical skills; understanding technology✔    Journa...
Managing Your CommunityShit happens:    Deal effectively with trouble makers    Deal with internal conflicts    DONT HE...
Managing Your ProjectTeam members (including you):●    tend to do whatever they want to●    may have 8h / day or 1h / week...
Why Do People Participate?●    Fulfilling their own needs●    Having fun●    Believing in the project●    Worship of the l...
Kunena – Who Are They?            LittleJohn, 810, Matias, svanschu, xillibit            (fxstein, severdia, sozzled, Mort...
Why To Start Making Money?●    There is no room for sentiment in life●    Your efforts are valuable●    Project needs pred...
How to make money?$1 000 000 question!  Kunena Forum Project     5-11-2011
Questions?                       • Questions?Kunena Forum Project                  5-11-2011
The end      Thank you for listening Kunena Forum Project              5-11-2011
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Jd11fi - Kunena Forum Project

  1. 1. Kunena Forum ProjectMatias GrieseLead developer of KunenaEmail: matias@kunena.orgTwitter: @MatiasGrieseWeb: www.kunena.orgJoomla! Day Finland 2011 5-11-2011
  2. 2. What’s Kunena?✔ Free forum component✔ Native for Joomla! 1.5, 1.7 and beyond✔ 4 major releases✔ Active development & support✔ Bug fix release cycle every 2-3 months Kunena Forum Project 5-11-2011
  3. 3. What’s Kunena again?✔ Community based project✔ Translated into 20-30 languages✔ 1.6M downloads, used in 300-500k sites✔ Many add-ons✔ Import from phpBB, SMF2, Joomla forums Kunena Forum Project 5-11-2011
  4. 4. RIP FireBoard 6/2008 - 12/2008✗ No strategic vision✗ Not responding to needs of the community MY OWN needs were not met ➔ Build it myself or use something else With others feeling the same Kunena was born Kunena Forum Project 5-11-2011
  5. 5. Major ReleasesKunena 1.0 2/2009 – 11/2009● First objective: make it usableKunena 1.5 6/2009 – 1/2011• Second objective: Broaden its appealKunena 1.6 & 1.7 3/2010 –• Third objective: Make it maintainable & Joomla! 1.6+ Kunena Forum Project 5-11-2011
  6. 6. Kunena 2.0 – New VisionObjective: Communication platform➢ Providing a way forward for existing users➢ Performance & Scalability➢ Easy & powerful integration➔ More than just a forum (for J! 1.5 & 2.5) Kunena Forum Project 5-11-2011
  7. 7. Kunena 2.0 TeaserKunena Forum Project 5-11-2011
  8. 8. How did Kunena become popular?Q: How to succeed with Open Source?● Be open• Gain a good reputation• Build your community• Organize your project Kunena Forum Project 5-11-2011
  9. 9. Be Open; Collaborate✔ GPL: visibility in JED✔ GitHub: allow others to participate✔ Transifex: make translating easy✔ Forum: allow people to help themselves✔ Wiki: allow people to find information Kunena Forum Project 5-11-2011
  10. 10. Be Known; Gain Reputation✔ Be responsive to the users needs✔ Use media: positive JED reviews✔ Aim for robustness, reliability, quality✔ Strong partnerships and connections Kunena Forum Project 5-11-2011
  11. 11. Build Your Community✔ Reward the most helpful users✔ Bind key people to your project✔ Provide new opportunities for volunteers to participate➔ Self helping and active community Kunena Forum Project 5-11-2011
  12. 12. Organize Your Project✔ Leadership skills; keeping it together✔ Technical skills; understanding technology✔ Journal skills; telling a good story✔ Design skills; attracting new people✔ Marketing skills; turning users into addicts➔ Nobody can do everything alone Kunena Forum Project 5-11-2011
  13. 13. Managing Your CommunityShit happens: Deal effectively with trouble makers Deal with internal conflicts DONT HESITATE to kick out team member if he becomes an obstacle Kunena Forum Project 5-11-2011
  14. 14. Managing Your ProjectTeam members (including you):● tend to do whatever they want to● may have 8h / day or 1h / week● often promise more than they can deliver● come and go Kunena Forum Project 5-11-2011
  15. 15. Why Do People Participate?● Fulfilling their own needs● Having fun● Believing in the project● Worship of the leader Kunena Forum Project 5-11-2011
  16. 16. Kunena – Who Are They? LittleJohn, 810, Matias, svanschu, xillibit (fxstein, severdia, sozzled, Mortti, rich...)Kunena Forum Project 5-11-2011
  17. 17. Why To Start Making Money?● There is no room for sentiment in life● Your efforts are valuable● Project needs predictable schedules● Project needs reliable support● Project needs to grow Kunena Forum Project 5-11-2011
  18. 18. How to make money?$1 000 000 question! Kunena Forum Project 5-11-2011
  19. 19. Questions? • Questions?Kunena Forum Project 5-11-2011
  20. 20. The end Thank you for listening Kunena Forum Project 5-11-2011

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