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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

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 #28780: Problem between admin tools and Akeeba

Latest post by tampe125 on Thursday, 23 November 2017 08:41 CST Created on Thursday, 23 November 2017 07:03 CST by dmware

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 #28772: AJAX Loading Error/Internal Server Error

Latest post by 43rdworld on Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:33 CST Created on Monday, 20 November 2017 18:21 CST by 43rdworld

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 #28646: How make forbidden the access to Akeeba Backup backend to Super Users

Latest post by extonjaez on Monday, 20 November 2017 17:17 CST Created on Friday, 20 October 2017 13:57 CDT by extonjaez

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

Latest post by michael_cgla on Sunday, 19 November 2017 17:17 CST Created on Monday, 16 October 2017 09:05 CDT by michael_cgla

Closed
 #28636: Where is the Language pack for akeeba backup?

Latest post by nbmh on Friday, 17 November 2017 17:17 CST Created on Wednesday, 18 October 2017 08:30 CDT by nbmh

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

Latest post by nbmh on Friday, 17 November 2017 17:17 CST Created on Tuesday, 17 October 2017 23:33 CDT by nbmh

Closed
 #28716: backup location for two copies of site in two subdirectories

Latest post by dlb on Monday, 13 November 2017 08:13 CST Created on Thursday, 09 November 2017 13:41 CST by samw

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

Latest post by charleyhankins on Thursday, 09 November 2017 17:17 CST Created on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 10:58 CDT by charleyhankins

Closed
 #28584: Akeeba Backup xxx stuck at 99%

Latest post by informatix on Wednesday, 08 November 2017 17:17 CST Created on Sunday, 08 October 2017 19:42 CDT by informatix

Closed
 #28707: Macros for subdirectories

Latest post by assitecno on Wednesday, 08 November 2017 09:08 CST Created on Tuesday, 07 November 2017 10:23 CST by assitecno

Closed
 #28579: Remote Backup Fails

Latest post by deltapapa on Monday, 06 November 2017 17:17 CST Created on Saturday, 07 October 2017 03:49 CDT by deltapapa

Closed
 #28555: Any plans to integrate with Backblaze?

Latest post by vanboke on Saturday, 04 November 2017 18:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 03 October 2017 14:57 CDT by vanboke

Closed
 #28558: Remotely stored backups - Randomly stopped

Latest post by jukeboxjunkey on Friday, 03 November 2017 18:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 04 October 2017 04:00 CDT by jukeboxjunkey

Closed
 #28557: My Akeeba Backup & Admin Tools component links have disappeared

Latest post by Dobinsons on Friday, 03 November 2017 18:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 03 October 2017 18:01 CDT by Dobinsons

Closed
 #28550: Configuration of profiles during running backups fails

Latest post by Brauneck on Thursday, 02 November 2017 18:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 03 October 2017 00:46 CDT by Brauneck

Closed
 #28508: Amazon S3 timeouts that appear unrelated to part size

Latest post by quantumgravity on Wednesday, 01 November 2017 18:17 CDT Created on Sunday, 24 September 2017 21:41 CDT by quantumgravity

Closed
 #28524: Backup Fails

Latest post by atolli on Friday, 27 October 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 26 September 2017 14:12 CDT by atolli

Closed
 #28504: Hostgator Cron Job Mystery

Latest post by quantumgravity on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Saturday, 23 September 2017 22:43 CDT by quantumgravity

Closed
 #28505: language files

Latest post by esteve on Tuesday, 24 October 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Sunday, 24 September 2017 03:32 CDT by esteve

Closed
 #28502: Restoring backup with out admin acccess

Latest post by skigirl1369 on Monday, 23 October 2017 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 22 September 2017 17:43 CDT by skigirl1369

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