Solo (Standalone)

Akeeba Solo (Standalone)

version 1.5.2.b1 Beta

Released on: Thursday, 01 October 2015 10:48

Release Notes

Release highlights

Simplified interface. You will notice substantial changes in the user interface as far as the control panel (main page), Manage Backups and Configuration pages go, as well as the backup restoration script (ANGIE). These changes were implemented as the result of our user experience (UX) study in partnership with UX experts Lucid Fox. This is just the beginning of this process, with the ultimate goal of making our software even easier to use.

Site Transfer Wizard. Yes, the Site Transfer Wizard is back! We wrote everything from the ground up, taking your feedback about easier site transfers to heart. We believe it's so self-explanatory that we decided to not document it; instead, all the instructions appear on the wizard itself as you use it. We are looking forward to your feedback on this feature which is available on both the Core (free of charge) and Professional (for a fee) versions!

New Amazon S3 engine. After several hard to fix issues with Amazon's official SDK we decided to write our own S3 engine. We read the API documentation, made ourselves a couple of gallons of coffee and three weeks later we have a faster, smaller and more stable S3 connection engine. Moreover, there's now only one "Upload to Amazon S3" Post-Processing option. If you were using the "Upload to Amazon S3 (Legacy)" option your backup profiles will be automatically upgraded. As a result of the smaller S3 engine size your backup size MAY be smaller after the update by one to two Megabytes.

We are aware that the video tutorials do not reflect the current interface and may be slightly off with regards to your experience using the component (the tutorials look more complicated than what you actually experience). We kindly ask for your patience as we're preparing new tutorials.

Core and Professional versions

Now all of our backup software (Akeeba Backup for Joomla! and WordPress, as well as Akeeba Solo) come in two editions: Core and Professional. The Core version is provided free of charge to everybody WITHOUT having to subscribe, register or login and contains roughly 80% of the features. The Professional version is only available to paid subscribers –depending on their subscription level– and contains all the features. Support is only provided for the Professional version to eligible subscribers.

We strongly recommend installing and using the Core version before purchasing the Professional version. There are no refunds given on grounds of server compatibility, usability or software capabilities since these can be easily determined by installing the Core version on your server and/or reading our documentation, both available free of charge to everybody. If you have a question regarding our software please use the Contact Us link to submit a pre-sales request. Our staff will be most happy to respond to your requests!

PHP 5.3 or later or PHP 7 is required

This version requires PHP 5.3.4 or later (e.g. 5.3.29 which is twenty five versions newer than PHP 5.3.4), 5.4, 5.5 or 5.6 or 7.0. Please note that PHP 5.3 is obsolete since August 2014 and we're going to stop supporting it without warning in future versions of our software. We'd like to remind you that most third party software which can be backed up by our software do not support PHP 7. As a result we can't guarantee the trouble-free operation of the restoration procedure if you are using PHP 7. Also keep in mind that PHP 7 is currently in pre-release stage and it's not a good idea using it in production environments anyway.

Note: there is no such thing as PHP 6. PHP versions jumped from 5.6 to 7.0. Why? Well, it's a long story. TL;DR: It doesn't have to make sense, just accept it.


Bug fixes

  • [HIGH] No error thrown when the engine state cannot be saved while the backup is in progress
  • [HIGH] The database storage option for the temporary data didn't work
  • [LOW] The backup size would be inflated if "Upload each part immediately" is enabled and it takes multiple step to post process a single archive part
  • [MEDIUM] Updated Dropbox post processing engine due to changes on their servers

New features

  • "Exclude error logs" filter, enabled by default, to prevent broken backup archives when error logs change their size / are rotated while the backup is in progress
  • Added option to test email settings
  • Akeeba Solo will ask you to enter your Download ID before showing you available updates.
  • Akeeba Solo will ask you to run the Configuration Wizard when it detects it's necessary. One less thing for you to remember!
  • Automatically exclude folders related to control version systems
  • JSON API: Return an error if preflight configuration checks indicate a critical error (e.g. output directory not writeable)

Miscellaneous changes

  • ANGIE: Removed the confusing messages about restoring to a different site or PHP version
  • ANGIE: Simplified the final page ("Finished")
  • Desktop notifications are now optional. If you have already enabled them don't worry, they won't be disabled (your browser remembers the previous setting).
  • Improved layout for the Control Panel page
  • Manage Backups: "Part 00" would be displayed when there is just one backup part present. Button label changed to "Download".
  • Manage Backups: Simplified the page layout
  • New icon colour palette for easier identification of the Control Panel icons
  • Remove the title from the popover tips
  • The profile ID is displayed in the profile selection drop-down

Removed features

  • Removed the "Upload to Amazon S3 (legacy API)" post-processing engine. Existing backup profiles will be automatically migrated to the "Upload to Amazon S3" engine.

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