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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.

If you are looking for a quick start to using the component please watch our video tutorials.


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 extension
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
Warning and error messages in 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
CRON script for backup failure check
Alternative CRON script for backup failure check
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 and general guidelines
General guidelines for backing up and restoring your site
Guidelines for storing your backups remotely / "cloud backup"
Restoring your backups
Troubleshooting restored sites
Unorthodox: the emergency restoration procedure
II. Security information
6. Introduction
Foreword
Why you need to care about ownership and permissions?
7. 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
8. 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. GNU Free Documentation License

Tickets

Pending
 #28634: Akeeba backup can not work when I reinstall the system.

Latest post by nicholas on Wednesday, 18 October 2017 01:04 CDT Created on Tuesday, 17 October 2017 23:33 CDT by nbmh

Closed
 #28453: Unable to update need "two installs" to update

Latest post by vaconiit on Monday, 16 October 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Saturday, 16 September 2017 02:11 CDT by vaconiit

Pending
 #28622: Amazon S3 upload fails intermittently: Empty reply from server

Latest post by tampe125 on Monday, 16 October 2017 09:28 CDT Created on Monday, 16 October 2017 09:05 CDT by michael_cgla

Closed
 #28448: JPA file extraction speed

Latest post by hollai on Sunday, 15 October 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 15 September 2017 00:46 CDT by hollai

Closed
 #28437: Backup Stalls Upon Initialization

Latest post by quantumgravity on Sunday, 15 October 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 21:57 CDT by quantumgravity

Closed
 #28436: Cannot Backup

Latest post by CCT27 on Saturday, 14 October 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 19:29 CDT by CCT27

Closed
 #28612: Upload to FTP server fails with Error 500

Latest post by marbix on Friday, 13 October 2017 12:20 CDT Created on Friday, 13 October 2017 10:00 CDT by marbix

Closed
 #28422: Akeeba Backup PHP Script Warning

Latest post by pscarnegie on Thursday, 12 October 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 11 September 2017 11:43 CDT by pscarnegie

Closed
 #28601: backup no longer working

Latest post by lancerus on Thursday, 12 October 2017 07:24 CDT Created on Wednesday, 11 October 2017 06:46 CDT by lancerus

Closed
 #28408: Backup stuck in "backing up database" step

Latest post by sripoll on Wednesday, 11 October 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 08 September 2017 09:21 CDT by sripoll

Pending
 #28599: Akeeba Backup not running on PHP7.2

Latest post by dlb on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 11:37 CDT Created on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 10:58 CDT by charleyhankins

Pending
 #28584: Akeeba Backup xxx stuck at 99%

Latest post by nicholas on Monday, 09 October 2017 00:54 CDT Created on Sunday, 08 October 2017 19:42 CDT by informatix

Closed
 #28381: upload_max_filesize

Latest post by joomleb on Sunday, 08 October 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 04 September 2017 10:49 CDT by joomleb

Pending
 #28579: Remote Backup Fails

Latest post by nicholas on Saturday, 07 October 2017 04:29 CDT Created on Saturday, 07 October 2017 03:49 CDT by deltapapa

Closed
 #28554: Authentication problems with Dropbox

Latest post by dimoss on Friday, 06 October 2017 04:25 CDT Created on Tuesday, 03 October 2017 12:22 CDT by dimoss

Pending
 #28555: Any plans to integrate with Backblaze?

Latest post by nicholas on Thursday, 05 October 2017 00:37 CDT Created on Tuesday, 03 October 2017 14:57 CDT by vanboke

Closed
 #28380: After last Akeeba Update 5.5.2 backup fails

Latest post by Jean Niklaus on Wednesday, 04 October 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 04 September 2017 09:36 CDT by Jean Niklaus

Closed
 #28372: Call to undefined method FOF30\Platform\Joomla\Platform::getSessionVar()

Latest post by gdkoivuporras on Wednesday, 04 October 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 04 September 2017 03:01 CDT by gdkoivuporras

Closed
 #28371: Cannot verify certificate

Latest post by Thrane on Wednesday, 04 October 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 04 September 2017 02:47 CDT by Thrane

Pending
 #28558: Remotely stored backups - Randomly stopped

Latest post by tampe125 on Wednesday, 04 October 2017 04:31 CDT Created on Wednesday, 04 October 2017 04:00 CDT by jukeboxjunkey

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