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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
What can I use Akeeba Backup for?
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
Entering your Download ID
Uninstalling Akeeba Backup
Requesting support and reporting bugs
3. Using the Akeeba Backup component
Menu items
Control Panel
Backup
Configuration
Manage Backups
Restore Latest Backup
Site Transfer 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
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 OVH Object Storage
Upload to pCloud
Upload to DreamObjects
Upload to Dropbox (v2 API)
Send by email
Upload to OneDrive (LEGACY)
Upload to OneDrive and OneDrive for Business
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
Remote JSON API
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)
Action Log
Installer
Quick Icon
Update Check
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
6. Information for removed or canceled features
Microsoft OneDrive for Business [THIS ARTICLE IS NO LONGER VALID]
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. GNU Free Documentation License

 #32539: Failed deleting inaccessible file htaccess

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 #32312: restoration - Server unable to read htaccess file

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Latest post by richardball on Sunday, 23 February 2020 17:17 CST Created on Thursday, 23 January 2020 01:01 CST by richardball

 #32533: Deploy full site incremental backup on live-server

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Latest post by nicholas on Sunday, 23 February 2020 03:23 CST Created on Saturday, 22 February 2020 07:10 CST by nowak196602

 #32497: Doing a 'Clean' restoration with Kickstart

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Latest post by nicholas on Thursday, 20 February 2020 06:27 CST Created on Monday, 17 February 2020 05:24 CST by Nuthatch

 #32292: Obsolete records to keep don't work

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Latest post by webatelier47 on Wednesday, 19 February 2020 17:17 CST Created on Monday, 20 January 2020 04:36 CST by webatelier47

 #32289: Inconsistencies with which version of Akeeba Core is installed on site

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Latest post by webcoast on Wednesday, 19 February 2020 17:17 CST Created on Sunday, 19 January 2020 22:39 CST by webcoast

 #32492: Unable to connect Akeeba Backup Pro to Google Drive

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Latest post by nicholas on Tuesday, 18 February 2020 08:56 CST Created on Sunday, 16 February 2020 06:22 CST by matzah

 #32269: Is Release Candidate v.7.0.0rc1 a safe upgrade?

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Latest post by dimoss on Saturday, 15 February 2020 17:17 CST Created on Wednesday, 15 January 2020 14:37 CST by dimoss

 #32481: Cronjob backup fails but log isn't helpful

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Latest post by dlb on Thursday, 13 February 2020 18:37 CST Created on Thursday, 13 February 2020 14:28 CST by KenHorse

 #32474: Error 403 when doing Frontend Backup

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Latest post by RRO on Thursday, 13 February 2020 09:26 CST Created on Thursday, 13 February 2020 03:37 CST by RRO

 #32259: Deprecated: Array and string offset access syntax with curly braces is deprecated

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Latest post by hcc on Wednesday, 12 February 2020 17:17 CST Created on Monday, 13 January 2020 03:53 CST by hcc

 #32255: Plugin enhancement idea

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 #32470: Additional docucumentaion for Backblaze B2

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 #32471: All files in the root when i use WebDAV

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Latest post by edthenet on Wednesday, 12 February 2020 03:08 CST Created on Wednesday, 12 February 2020 02:38 CST by edthenet

 #32468: Files in the Akeeba Backup folder

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Latest post by website@fairlight.org.uk on Tuesday, 11 February 2020 12:05 CST Created on Tuesday, 11 February 2020 11:17 CST by website@fairlight.org.uk

 #32463: Akeeba Core Frontend Backup stopped working

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 #32449: Billing incorrect

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 #32407: database table ak_storage is huge

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 #32248: jpa extraction

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 #32225: Feature Request: Wetransfer and email for backup storage

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