Looks like Anahita is getting noticed by bots, so we decided to include a new plugin in our list of packages to protect your Anahita installations from them. The new plugin adds invisible Google reCaptcha to the login, registration, and add Group forms.
If you are upgrading from previous 4.3 release, simply run the following command in the root of your Anahita installation:
$ composer update
There are no database migrations in this update.
Installing the Google reCaptcha plugin
Just like installing any other Anahita apps, use the following command to install the Google reCaptcha plugin:
$ php anahita package:install recaptcha
This command installs the plugin on your Anahita installation.
Then login as a Super Admin and go to the plugin edit page:
Site Settings > Plugins > Google reCaptcha
You need to sign up with the Google reCaptcha service and obtain a Site Key and Secret Key. After adding those values, set the plugin to enabled and save.
Open a new browser window in incognito mode and go to the Anahita’s login page. You should be able to see reCaptcha badge in the lower right side of the screen. Try logging in; you should be able to login with no difficulties.
We are using the invisible Google reCaptcha service. It is smart enough to tell if a user is a bot or not in the background. If the user is suspicious, then it will launch a challenge window and asks some questions before allowing the user to login.
Our special thanks goes to Anahita tribe member Nick Swinford for collaborating with us on development and testing the reCaptcha plugin.
This is a maintenance release with bug fixes in the Subscriptions app. Upgrading your installation is quite easy. If you have installed Anahita via Composer then use the following command in the root of your installation to get the updates:
$ composer update
If you are using the Anahita master branch on Github, just use the following command in the root of your Anahita installation:
$ git pull
There are no database migrations in this release. If you encountered any issues, please start a topic on the Tribe Support group.
Our special thanks go to Anahita tribe members Scott Crawford and Nick Swinford for testing, reporting bugs, and contributing pull requests on GitHub. This release couldn’t be possible without their help and efforts.
Also special thanks to the rmd Studio team for development and AQ testing. If you needed any custom Anahita development or solutions, please contact them.
We finally put the exclamation mark before Joomla (pun intended). We now present you the first standalone Anahita with no Joomla! code in it. The new 4.3 Birth release has a smaller codebase and better performance.
A bit of history
Anahita started as an extension for Joomla! CMS. After a few releases, the Joomla architecture was constraining us from building a lightweight and flexible graph architecture and social networking platform. To address that issue we started making changes to the Joomla code to make it more flexible for our needs. The result was the Anahita 2.2.4 which was made available as a Joomla distro.
But that wasn’t enough. Since Anahita 3.0 we have been taking out Joomla code until now that there is nothing left of it in the 4.3 release.
This release took a while to happen, but as the diagram shows, it was worth it. Right now, Anahita’s codebase is about 11mb which is about 38% smaller than the version 3.0. The performance has also improved quite a bit as a result. Continue reading “The birth of Anahita with !Joomla”