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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
 #28915: database only backup to ftp, appending datestamp

Latest post by tampe125 on Wednesday, 20 December 2017 04:16 CST Created on Wednesday, 20 December 2017 03:14 CST by Alan Sandford

Pending
 #28905: Transfer to a new site, change of language

Latest post by nicholas on Wednesday, 20 December 2017 00:30 CST Created on Monday, 18 December 2017 04:24 CST by vezid

Pending
 #28893: After the transfert to a new site one file and one folder not deleted

Latest post by nicholas on Tuesday, 19 December 2017 03:42 CST Created on Friday, 15 December 2017 10:51 CST by vezid

Closed
 #28902: No email sent after backup completion using Webcron

Latest post by guillenphoto on Monday, 18 December 2017 08:45 CST Created on Sunday, 17 December 2017 09:54 CST by guillenphoto

Closed
 #28755: backup failed

Latest post by froukje@webpartner.nl on Saturday, 16 December 2017 17:17 CST Created on Thursday, 16 November 2017 05:00 CST by froukje@webpartner.nl

Closed
 #28730: Backup failure on large data site

Latest post by tombehrens on Saturday, 16 December 2017 17:17 CST Created on Sunday, 12 November 2017 20:41 CST by tombehrens

Closed
 #28875: Update failure v5.6.3: error in your SQL syntax

Latest post by duanemitchell on Friday, 15 December 2017 11:08 CST Created on Tuesday, 12 December 2017 21:25 CST by duanemitchell

Closed
 #28739: Akeeba backup failure in backend

Latest post by amy@springshomes.com on Thursday, 14 December 2017 17:17 CST Created on Monday, 13 November 2017 16:07 CST by amy@springshomes.com

Closed
 #28884: Akeeba Backup - Admin Notes

Latest post by nicholas on Thursday, 14 December 2017 11:31 CST Created on Wednesday, 13 December 2017 23:43 CST by geoffr

Closed
 #28868: Error during the installation of the last version version downloaded in your site

Latest post by extonjaez on Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:17 CST Created on Tuesday, 12 December 2017 06:10 CST by extonjaez

Closed
 #28866: Kickstart.php downloads as a text flie

Latest post by Mayday on Tuesday, 12 December 2017 05:44 CST Created on Tuesday, 12 December 2017 05:23 CST by Mayday

Closed
 #28857: configuration wizard doesnt start

Latest post by edwardpeck on Monday, 11 December 2017 17:42 CST Created on Monday, 11 December 2017 08:41 CST by edwardpeck

Closed
 #28848: Any update on Backblaze compatibility ?

Latest post by guzabi on Monday, 11 December 2017 09:17 CST Created on Sunday, 10 December 2017 06:15 CST by guzabi

Closed
 #28856: configuration wizard doesnt start

Latest post by tampe125 on Monday, 11 December 2017 09:02 CST Created on Monday, 11 December 2017 08:41 CST by edwardpeck

Closed
 #28853: Problem win ANGIE v.5.6.1 missing en-GB.ini file

Latest post by thodorisp on Monday, 11 December 2017 07:39 CST Created on Monday, 11 December 2017 06:22 CST by thodorisp

Closed
 #28852: Pending Update of Akeeba Backup is not announced

Latest post by heinz.riedener on Monday, 11 December 2017 06:25 CST Created on Monday, 11 December 2017 05:51 CST by heinz.riedener

Closed
 #28713: Backup fail with DirectFTP

Latest post by carloxp on Sunday, 10 December 2017 17:17 CST Created on Thursday, 09 November 2017 01:06 CST by carloxp

Closed
 #28712: php 5.3.29 and Joomla 3.8.1

Latest post by paulus103 on Saturday, 09 December 2017 17:17 CST Created on Wednesday, 08 November 2017 20:51 CST by paulus103

Closed
 #28841: 500 Error

Latest post by TravisC on Friday, 08 December 2017 13:49 CST Created on Thursday, 07 December 2017 14:12 CST by TravisC

Closed
 #28695: [CURL] Error while making request: SSL certificate problem

Latest post by vaconiit on Thursday, 07 December 2017 17:17 CST Created on Friday, 03 November 2017 13:35 CDT by vaconiit

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