EasyDiscuss – question and answer extension for Joomla from StackIdeas that takes forum communities to the next level of engagement.A while ago, StackIdeas have released another excellent and very stable extension – EasyDiscuss. I think it is difficult to classify it just as Q&A or forum component, it is something much more. A couple of days ago, we’ve started our test at WebmaisterPro Lab with latest version of EasyDiscuss, we’ve used Joomla 2.5, but component will work on Joomla 1.5, 1.6, 1.7 and 2.5, actually I know that StackIdeas are beta testing EasyDiscuss with Joomla 3.
Installation and Setup
Nothing much to say, everything was straight forward with installation and setup. Component settings are intuitive with tooltips on every single box and more complicated tasks like social integrations and cron jobs have link references to comprehensive help documents. We’ve integrated our installation with JomSocial profile avatars.
As I mentioned profiles, one of the first notable features is easy integration with 3rd party components like CommunityBuilder, JomSocial and Kunena, also offer unified login. There are options to connect Twitter and Facebook apps for automatic sharing option.
Going into same direction, it is very easy to migrate and import Kunena or JomSocial Group into EasyDiscuss with forum migratory in-build feature.
List of features is huge, but I will try to list few of the most notable:
- Powerful profile system
- Ranking Engine and Achievement System
- Clean activity stream
- Extended file content support (file attachments)
- Excellent integration with ACL (already predefined well)
- Spam control tools
- In-build poll system
- AdSense integration
And when on the top of this you add, StackIdeas support and regular updates, this extension is definitely a winner. As well as there are several modules that can improve the appearance, making everything one click away.
You can see the official demo at StackIdeas website or in our Webmaster Questions section.
WebmaisterPro recommends EasyDiscuss!