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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

Closed
 #28360: Error installing Abeeka Backup 5.5.2 pro (unable to write entry)

Latest post by jmgroud on Monday, 04 September 2017 11:38 CDT Created on Saturday, 02 September 2017 03:46 CDT by jmgroud

Closed
 #28365: iCloud Support

Latest post by nicholas on Sunday, 03 September 2017 10:15 CDT Created on Saturday, 02 September 2017 22:36 CDT by acuwork

Closed
 #28340: Remove Akeeba to clear MijoShop Error

Latest post by Rob@thinksmartinc.com on Thursday, 31 August 2017 13:47 CDT Created on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 20:05 CDT by Rob@thinksmartinc.com

Closed
 #28341: Lost link for download lang files

Latest post by nevigen on Thursday, 31 August 2017 02:13 CDT Created on Thursday, 31 August 2017 00:24 CDT by nevigen

Closed
 #28186: FTP transfer to CDN77

Latest post by sandstorm871 on Sunday, 27 August 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 27 July 2017 10:15 CDT by sandstorm871

Closed
 #28129: Error - Timing Out - on CLI backup only

Latest post by GJSchaller on Sunday, 27 August 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Sunday, 16 July 2017 20:02 CDT by GJSchaller

Closed
 #28139: Manual backup shell failure

Latest post by KolasaT on Thursday, 24 August 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 03:12 CDT by KolasaT

Closed
 #28290: BoU Active does not look bar

Latest post by NTM on Thursday, 24 August 2017 05:42 CDT Created on Thursday, 24 August 2017 05:36 CDT by NTM

Closed
 #28158: issue when backed up site has new_ as prefix

Latest post by woluweb on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 24 July 2017 04:30 CDT by woluweb

Closed
 #28281: Cronjob failed

Latest post by info@alphameppel.nl on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 09:24 CDT Created on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 05:32 CDT by info@alphameppel.nl

Closed
 #28245: Problem with memory exhausting during CRON backup

Latest post by nicholas on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 06:19 CDT Created on Wednesday, 09 August 2017 07:14 CDT by drf

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

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