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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 OVH Object Storage
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
6. Information for removed or canceled features
Microsoft OneDrive for Business
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

Tickets

Pending
 #31194: Using Akeeba as a way to make a failover backup server?

Latest post by tampe125 on Thursday, 04 April 2019 02:31 CDT Created on Wednesday, 03 April 2019 21:20 CDT by maestroc

Closed
 #31009: Manage Backups - Transfer Archive

Latest post by crazyhorse on Tuesday, 02 April 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 28 February 2019 03:09 CST by crazyhorse

Pending
 #31178: 6: cURL error 6: Could not resolve host: api.dropboxapi.com

Latest post by tampe125 on Monday, 01 April 2019 03:04 CDT Created on Monday, 01 April 2019 01:38 CDT by Romuba

Pending
 #31177: No email notification for queued Watchful backup

Latest post by nicholas on Monday, 01 April 2019 01:14 CDT Created on Sunday, 31 March 2019 19:24 CDT by webcoast

Closed
 #31001: Backup time

Latest post by wolfeant@gmail.com on Friday, 29 March 2019 18:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 26 February 2019 18:31 CST by wolfeant@gmail.com

Pending
 #31169: Backup failed and error 404 component not found

Latest post by dlb on Thursday, 28 March 2019 21:26 CDT Created on Thursday, 28 March 2019 15:03 CDT by brergo

Closed
 #30972: Upgra 1.5.x to 3.x

Latest post by LEDlichtNL on Sunday, 24 March 2019 18:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 10:13 CST by LEDlichtNL

Closed
 #30912: Akeeba doesn't delete backup based on "quota configuration"

Latest post by spot86 on Sunday, 24 March 2019 18:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 02:32 CST by spot86

Closed
 #31002: Problem with backup with large Music files

Latest post by Johanv74 on Sunday, 24 March 2019 01:40 CDT Created on Wednesday, 27 February 2019 06:18 CST by Johanv74

Closed
 #30966: Subdirectories

Latest post by rosendo@discoverwebsolutions.com on Friday, 22 March 2019 18:17 CDT Created on Monday, 18 February 2019 20:23 CST by rosendo@discoverwebsolutions.com

Closed
 #30964: backend id31

Latest post by onedotlove on Thursday, 21 March 2019 18:17 CDT Created on Monday, 18 February 2019 10:33 CST by onedotlove

Closed
 #31017: cPanel File Manager Downloads of JPA and JPS backup files

Latest post by wynchcote on Thursday, 21 March 2019 03:55 CDT Created on Friday, 01 March 2019 07:25 CST by wynchcote

Closed
 #30958: htaccess files?

Latest post by jjst135 on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 18:17 CDT Created on Monday, 18 February 2019 05:34 CST by jjst135

Closed
 #31101: Backup fails: The encryption key has changed

Latest post by dwreski on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 13:53 CDT Created on Friday, 15 March 2019 08:22 CDT by dwreski

Closed
 #30928: Error invalid_grant: The user could not be authenticated or user interaction is required. The user must sign in again and if needed grant the client application access to the requested scope.

Latest post by mercurioweb on Saturday, 16 March 2019 18:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 13 February 2019 19:08 CST by mercurioweb

Closed
 #31059: Files and directories exclusion

Latest post by Meinolf Müller on Tuesday, 12 March 2019 05:46 CDT Created on Tuesday, 12 March 2019 05:31 CDT by Meinolf Müller

Closed
 #31050: backup files stored outside my site's root.

Latest post by obios on Monday, 11 March 2019 04:11 CDT Created on Sunday, 10 March 2019 07:30 CDT by obios

Closed
 #31051: 403 Error on Resoration

Latest post by slomas on Sunday, 10 March 2019 10:02 CDT Created on Sunday, 10 March 2019 09:59 CDT by slomas

Closed
 #30923: Restoring sites behind a Load Balancer and no sticky sessions

Latest post by extly on Monday, 25 February 2019 10:36 CST Created on Wednesday, 13 February 2019 10:04 CST by extly

Closed
 #30832: Akeeba backup of Joomla components

Latest post by donovan miles on Friday, 22 February 2019 17:17 CST Created on Wednesday, 23 January 2019 11:53 CST by donovan miles

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