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Basic Operations

The Basic Operations group contains the most common functions you will need on your daily Akeeba Backup usage. In fact, you will only use the other pages sparingly, mostly when you create a backup profile or want to update it after doing significant changes to your site.

Profiles Management

Profiles Management page

The Profiles Management page is the central place from where you can define and manage backup profiles . Each backup profiles can be regarded as a container holding Akeeba Backup configuration values and filter settings. Each one uniquely and completely defines the way Akeeba Backup will perform its backup process.

The main page consists of a list of all backup profiles. On the left hand column there is a check box allowing the selection of a backup profile so that one of the toolbar operations can be applied. The other column displays the description of the backup profile. Clicking on it leads you to the editor page, where you can change this description.

On the page's toolbar you can find the operations buttons:

New

Creates a new, empty profile. Clicking on this button will lead you to the editor page, where you can define the name of the new profile, or cancel the operation if you've changed your mind.

Copy

Creates a prostine copy of the selected backup profile. The copy will have the same name and include all of the configuration options and filter settings of the original.

Delete

Permanently removes all selected backup profiles. All associated configuration options and filter settings are removed as well. This is an irreversible operation; once a profile is deleted, it's gone forever.

You can only delete one profile at a time. If you select multiple profiles, only the first one (topmost) will be removed.

When you create a new profile or copy an existing profile, the newly generated profile becomes current. This means that you can work on your new profile as soon as you're finished creating it, without the need to manually make it current from the Control Panel page.

To the left of each profile's name you will find two buttons:

Configure...

Clicking this button makes that profile current and opens the Configuration page. This is equivalent to going back to the Control Panel, selecting that profile in the list, waiting for the page to reload and clicking on Configuration. We figured that having to click to just one button is much faster – and simpler!

Export

Since Akeeba Backup 3.6.6 you can export a profile in JSON format. Clicking this button will ask you to download a file with all of the profile settings. You will be able to import that file on the same or a different site using the Import feature further down the page.

[Warning]Warning

Please note that the file you are downloading contains all of the configuration information UNENCRYPTED. We strongly advise you to NEVER, EVER use this feature on a shared connection (e.g. library, airport, Internet cafe, etc), over an unencrypted Wi-Fi network, when using a self-signed SSL certificate or in any other case where the security of your data is not guaranteed. It's fine using it over a secure connection, i.e. an HTTPS connection using a commercially signed (not self signed!) SSL certificate. We also strongly advise against storing exported profile files in media or services which are not encrypted and could be compromised, e.g. USB keys you use at your clients' office (their PC may be laden with malware unbeknownst to you) or unencrypted cloud storage. Something like an IronKey, an encrypted ZIP archive (using AES encryption, not the legacy ZIP encryption) or a hard disk protected with full-disk encryption software is always the preferred storage method. This may sound paranoid –and it is– but remember that your configuration data may contain sensitive information like your access credentials to an FTP server, an Amazon S3 account, a Dropbox account, database connection credentials and so on.

You can also find an Import area below the list of profile. Use the file browser field to select a previously exported profile file from the same or a different site. Then click the Import button. Akeeba Backup will import the profile at the end of the profiles list.

[Important]Important

We strongly advise you to review your settings after importing a profile. If the profile comes from another site and you have used an absolute path or overridden the database connection information you will have to change those settings to reflect the new site's parameters.

The Edit Profile page

The editor page which appears when creating or editing a profile is trivial. The only changeable parameter is the profile's description. Clicking on Save applies the settings and gets you to the main Profiles Management page. Clicking on Apply applies the settings and returns you to the editor page. Finally, clicking on Cancel will disregard any changes made and get you to the main Profiles Management page.

[Tip]Tip

In order to configure the settings of the profile click on the Configure button next to it in the profiles list.