Released on: Monday, 26 November 2018 04:44
Workaround for buggy cURL versions breaking Google Drive uploads. Newer cURL versions introduced a change in behavior when talking to HTTPS servers. This causes a conflict with Google Drive's API server, leading to failure to upload there. This version addresses this issue in cURL by forcing HTTP/1.1 communications with Google's API server, bypassing the issue caused by cURL. Older cURL versions are not affected and will see no change in behavior from this fix.
Site Transfer Wizard improvements. The Site Transfer Wizard will now detect and report DNS issues and issues with invalid or self-signed SSL certificates instead of showing a generic error message that your configuration does not correspond to the site you are trying to restore to. Moreover, we addressed issues which prevented using FTP/SFTP to upload chunks of the backup archive to the remote server instead of HTTP/HTTPS API calls. This will result in a much better experience and increase compatibility with a much larger number of hosting providers.
Bug fixes. We have addressed several issues. Please consult the CHANGELOG.
Added new filter to exclude User Action Logs from the backup (Joomla 3.9+ only). Joomla 3.9 introduced the User Action Logs feature which is enabled by default. This feature generates a large volume of information which does not really belong to a backup. We create a filter, enabled by default, which excludes these records from the backup to prevent backup bloating and improve the time required to take a backup.
Removed platforms with minimal to no use: Drupal 7, Drupal 8, Grav, Magento 1.x, Magento 2.x, Moodle, OctoberCMS, PageKit, phpBB . These platforms are used by too few of our clients to justify our spending time to maintain an integration with them. You can still back up these sites using the generic / bespoke site type.
Providing the URL to Akeeba Solo during setup is now optional (Akeeba Solo will work on most servers without it). The past four years we were asking you to provide the URL where Akeeba Solo is installed. This is not required on most servers; they provide this information in the environment variables passed to PHP by the web server. We are now using this information instead of having you enter the URL manually. This makes transferring Akeeba Solo to a new server much easier, without the need to reconfigure it or set it up from scratch.
Support for PHP 5.3 has been discontinued. PHP 5.3 has been end of life since August 2014 and widely considered a security risk, unfit for production sites. Our software requires PHP 5.4 or later and is compatible with PHP 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 7.0, 7.1 and 7.2. We currently offer preliminary support for PHP 7.3 which at the time of this writing is still in Release Candidate (testing) phase. We strongly recommend using PHP 5.6 or 7.2.
We'd like to remind you that the PHP version compatibility refers to our software. It is possible that the software you are using for your site does not support all of these PHP versions. You are responsible for ensuring compatibility of the server you are restoring to with the software of your site, including lower and upper limits of PHP and MySQL versions.
HEADS UP! We will be dropping support for PHP 5.4, 5.5 and 7.0 starting January 2019. The software might run on these obsolete versions of PHP but we will be no longer officially supporting them. Any issues which can only be reproduced on non-supported PHP versions will not be treated as bugs and won't be fixed.