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Akeeba Backup for Joomla!

Akeeba Backup User's Guide

Nicholas K. Dionysopoulos

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the appendix entitled "The GNU Free Documentation License".

Abstract

This book covers the use of the Akeeba Backup site backup component for Joomla!™ -powered web sites. It does not cover any other software of the Akeeba Backup suite, including Kickstart and the desktop applications which have documentation of their own. Both the free Akeeba Backup Core and the subscription-based Akeeba Backup Professional editions are completely covered.


Table of Contents

I. User's Guide to Akeeba Backup for Joomla!
1. Introduction
Introducing Akeeba Backup
Indicative uses
A typical backup/restoration work flow
Server environment requirements
2. Installation, updates and upgrades
Installing Akeeba Backup
Installing or manually updating the backup component and language files
Install from URL
Upload and install.
Manual installation
The installation / update broke my site!
Upgrading from Core to Professional
Automatic updates
Requesting support and reporting bugs
3. Using the Akeeba Backup component
Menu items
Control Panel
Backup
Configuration
Manage Backups
Restore Latest Backup
Transfer Site Wizard
What to do if you don't have any menu items to Akeeba Backup
Pages outside the Control Panel panes
Common navigation elements
The Control Panel
Editing the component's Options
Basic Operations
Profiles Management
Configuration Wizard
Configuration
The main settings
Basic Configuration
Advanced configuration
Site overrides
Optional filters
Quota management
Fine tuning
Database dump engines
Native MySQL Backup Engine
Reverse Engineering Database Dump Engine
File and directories scanner engines
Smart scanner
Large site scanner
Archiver engines
ZIP format
JPA format
Encrypted Archives (JPS format)
DirectFTP
DirectFTP over cURL
DirectSFTP
DirectSFTP over cURL
ZIP using ZIPArchive class
Data processing engines
No post-processing
Upload to CloudMe
Upload to Microsoft Windows Azure BLOB Storage service
Upload to RackSpace CloudFiles
Upload to DreamObjects
Upload to Dropbox (v2 API)
Send by email
Upload to OneDrive
Upload to Remote FTP server
Upload to Remote FTP server over cURL
Upload to Google Storage (Legacy S3 API)
Upload to Google Storage (JSON API)
Upload to Google Drive
Upload to iDriveSync
Upload to Amazon S3 (Legacy API)
Upload to Amazon S3
Upload to Remote SFTP server
Upload to Remote SFTP server over cURL
Upload to SugarSync
Upload to WebDAV
Upload to Box.net / Box.com
Backup now
Manage Backups
Integrated restoration
Manage remotely stored files
Discover and import archives
View Log
Include data to the backup
Multiple Databases Definitions
Off-site Directories Inclusion
Exclude data from the backup
Files and Directories Exclusion
Database Tables Exclusion
RegEx Files and Directories Exclusion
Regular Expressions recipes for files and directories
RegEx Database Tables Exclusion
Regular Expressions recipes for database tables
Automating your backup
Taking backups automatically
Front-end backup, for use with CRON
Native CRON script
Alternative CRON script
Checking for failed backups automatically
Front-end backup failure check, for use with CRON
Native CRON script for failed backup checks
Alternative CRON script
Site Transfer Wizard
4. Miscellaneous Extensions (Modules, Plugins)
Akeeba Backup Notification plugin
The CLI update notification and automatic update script
Backup on Update
5. Restoring backups
Restoration and troubleshooting instructions
Unorthodox: the emergency restoration procedure
6. Step by step guides
Backing up your site to a cloud storage service
Introduction
Basic configuration
Using Amazon S3
Making your backups accessible by other Amazon S3 accounts
Using Dropbox
Where to go from here?
Alternatives to cloud storage
II. Security information
7. Introduction
Foreword
Why you need to care about ownership and permissions?
8. How your web server works
Users and groups
Users
Groups
How users and groups are understood by UNIX-derived systems
Ownership
Process ownership
File ownership
Permissions
The three types of permissions
What permissions can control
Permissions notation
The textual notation
The octal notation
9. Securing your Akeeba Backup installation
Access rights
Securing the output directory
Securing file transfers
III. Appendices
A. The JPA archive format, v.1.2
B. The JPS archive format, v.2.0
C. Things which will (most likely) not be implemented
Automatic sync between sites
Automatic backups without CRON
Automatic backups after saving/creating/whatever an article
Put Akeeba Backup in Joomla!
D. GNU Free Documentation License

Tickets

Closed
 #28145: Host flagging Query When Running Backup

Latest post by rhellyer on Friday, 18 August 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 13:05 CDT by rhellyer

Closed
 #28114: Backup Fails

Latest post by sohopros on Thursday, 17 August 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 13 July 2017 12:46 CDT by sohopros

Closed
 #28134: Akeeba eXtract Wizard.app won't open

Latest post by umbrella on Wednesday, 16 August 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 17 July 2017 12:02 CDT by umbrella

Closed
 #28128: cronjob

Latest post by Anthroposnet on Wednesday, 16 August 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Sunday, 16 July 2017 14:23 CDT by Anthroposnet

Closed
 #28065: Akeeba Backup for Joomla 2.5.24

Latest post by changlee on Sunday, 13 August 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 05 July 2017 02:09 CDT by changlee

Closed
 #28111: Connecting to a enterprise Onedrive account still not possible

Latest post by edthenet on Saturday, 12 August 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 13 July 2017 02:02 CDT by edthenet

Closed
 #28103: How to backup the Joomla log directory

Latest post by gakijken on Thursday, 10 August 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 11 July 2017 07:26 CDT by gakijken

Closed
 #28094: RSFirewall Warnings

Latest post by sohopros on Thursday, 10 August 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 10 July 2017 16:19 CDT by sohopros

Closed
 #28091: JInstaller: :Install: Can't find XML setup file.

Latest post by rowby on Thursday, 10 August 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 10 July 2017 07:28 CDT by rowby

Pending
 #28245: Problem with memory exhausting during CRON backup

Latest post by tampe125 on Thursday, 10 August 2017 07:51 CDT Created on Wednesday, 09 August 2017 07:14 CDT by drf

Closed
 #28248: Fatal error message after update to 5.5.1 pro

Latest post by joetighe on Wednesday, 09 August 2017 17:34 CDT Created on Wednesday, 09 August 2017 12:25 CDT by joetighe

Closed
 #28237: Dropbox Token and Documentation

Latest post by joomleb on Wednesday, 09 August 2017 03:26 CDT Created on Tuesday, 08 August 2017 10:29 CDT by joomleb

Closed
 #28240: Backup as offline - feature request

Latest post by nicholas on Wednesday, 09 August 2017 00:26 CDT Created on Tuesday, 08 August 2017 15:13 CDT by joomleb

Closed
 #28229: System - One Click Action

Latest post by joomleb on Tuesday, 08 August 2017 10:33 CDT Created on Monday, 07 August 2017 09:07 CDT by joomleb

Closed
 #28231: Folders not being removed.

Latest post by wd5mush on Tuesday, 08 August 2017 05:17 CDT Created on Monday, 07 August 2017 15:12 CDT by wd5mush

Pending
 #28232: An error has occurred: Call to a member function addScriptDeclaration() on null

Latest post by dlb on Monday, 07 August 2017 17:07 CDT Created on Monday, 07 August 2017 16:33 CDT by RichardHite

Pending
 #28223: Upgraded Akeeba to 5.5.0 and now it errors Call to a member function addStyleDeclaration() on null

Latest post by nicholas on Monday, 07 August 2017 01:45 CDT Created on Saturday, 05 August 2017 10:23 CDT by LanceThompson

Pending
 #28225: Fatal Error after updating to Akeeba Backup 5.5.0

Latest post by nicholas on Monday, 07 August 2017 01:45 CDT Created on Sunday, 06 August 2017 01:50 CDT by cirymarr

Pending
 #28224: Call to a member function addStyleDeclaration() on null

Latest post by nicholas on Monday, 07 August 2017 01:45 CDT Created on Saturday, 05 August 2017 21:28 CDT by adiehm

Closed
 #28078: Backup Error since 3.7.3

Latest post by nicstar on Saturday, 05 August 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 06 July 2017 05:46 CDT by nicstar

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