... that the web site, after several days, is -still- the -generic- Joomla page isn't saying much. If you can't figure out how to get Joomla to work .. (you're not alone), put a re-direct on it to point directly to the forum. Put up a graphic place holder, a teaser, with a desktop shot of MailForge and Eudora .. or .. something, and a link to the forum from there. Install WordPress and use that, its' practically become a CMS, but can also serve as an excellent blogging platform for you to keep people updated on your progress.
But leaving a default page? You're URL is out there, like it or not. People showing up and finding a Joomla page for several days makes it all the more credible..
This mail client has a long way to go in my opinion. Nearly 5 years now, and quite honestly, I don't care what Matt and company said. There is simply no way in hell they were using that thing daily, they might have run it daily, and been using something else for the heavy hitting. But RealBASIC was just not the way to go, and it showed. For nearly 5 years.
5 years that more and more of it's potential users have given up, found something else, moved on. It's come to the point where I'm so used to some of the other features that Gmail gives, I can't see ever switching back to Eudora. But at the same time, I'd love to do it just for the speed and massive flexibility. But since that is simply not an option.
Aside from the several times the database/storage/backend of MailForge was changed, and problems that brought each time, I kid you not, but you nearly can not convince me that the rest of the code is anything new. Why? It's got Many of The Same Problems that "1.0" had. Stupid stuff. Fundamental things like it can't sort dates properly. Or by subject. Stuff that even ThunderClucker and other things do well. Many open source solutions provided these basic functions. Open source. As in you can open up the source and look. Imagine that. If you can't get it right, have a look at something else.
Something else I found to hold true for every version of Odysseus, MaiiForge, whatever. Simply quitting the Mac Finder improved speed 10 fold. Why? Nothing else had that problem.
The common excuse IDS would cite was "Well, no one has tried to start from scratch in all these years". Really? You mean every other email solution out there came from one piece of source code?
The impression given off by IDS was "This is a Eudora Replacement!" and yet it seemed that instead of getting basic functionality down, they spent a lot of time off on feature tangents adding stuff that never existed in the first place. leaving issue after issue untouched. I know they tried focused testing with certain people, I was one of them, and a couple times more I got asked if I would test a certain version, only never saw it, and one Thanksgiving eve we must have had 20-25 different builds go between us for several hours, that was 2009. Problems that existed then, still exist now.
Another thing, POP3 with GMail. Eudora, 20+ year old Eudora, and darn near anything else I've tried handles it just fine. IDS OTOH swore several times that "GMail is different, we can't get it right .. we may just give up on it". I spent many hours resetting crap, re-downloading all the mail, trying to get a local copy. Finally I ended up doing the reverse. I've uploaded years of Eudora data into GMail instead. At least now if I ever find something, MailForge even, that works half as well... I know I can suck it all down again and have a local copy as well.
But many potential users have switched, moved on, etc. There's some users who can start from scratch and leave the old data behind, and there's some that won't. The ones that won't soon discover that MailForge collapses under the load of massive amounts of data, and the ones that do can't understand why the others say "this is slow", "has problems", "can't sort", etc. But unless that's fixed, they're headed to the same thing when their data file gets bigger.
I say it like I see it, sorry if I come across crass or pompus, you could have saved a lot of money and hatched your idea by simply cloning Eudora on paper and starting from scratch, because I'm convinced that's what has to be done. After all, that's what IDS did. Despite IDS claims that 3.x is a near total re-write, yet it acts in many ways, just like the prior versions. It's broke. Majorly. You will spend more time fixing it than starting over, because when you go to fix something you wrote, at least you will understand the code base 100%.
Fix mail downloading first. If you can't download mail, there's no sense in going any further. MailForge doesn't even do this right 100% of the time. Then worry about the feature set.
When you add something, test -everything- again. Not just the thing you added. Only then send it out. Publish a detailed changelog right beside it. Make it easy to find on the forums, too. IDS's MO seemed to be the opposite, because for one thing added, a couple would break and they'd quip "but we fixed that 27 versions ago" .. Well, it's broke again.
Adding a feature isn't done until the UI is done 100% for it. That means the preference box, the controls for it, etc. Many things added were half hacked into preferences and it showed. Basic functionality like dragging attachments into the message, out of the message, handling of them, things the way Eudora has done it for 80% of it's existence, things that your typical targeted user would do without a doubt, did not work. In many ways MailForge was not the Eudora replacement it was trying to be, for the many simple things it left out, it made me wonder if IDS and company ever used Eudora at all.
You've got a -huge- project ahead of you.