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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

Closed
 #30539: Problem after update to 6.3

Latest post by tampe125 on Tuesday, 20 November 2018 03:09 CST Created on Tuesday, 20 November 2018 02:32 CST by NTM

Pending
 #30479: An unhandled exception has been detected (trying to downoad remote files)

Latest post by nicholas on Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:54 CST Created on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 03:35 CST by lightbulbwebdesign

Closed
 #30534: Akeeba backup and Admintools updates don't show in Watchful

Latest post by formfranska on Monday, 19 November 2018 11:59 CST Created on Monday, 19 November 2018 09:29 CST by formfranska

Pending
 #30512: Google storage json directory error

Latest post by nicholas on Monday, 19 November 2018 07:38 CST Created on Friday, 16 November 2018 14:50 CST by thetexian

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 #30493: What to ask to hosting, reference ticket #30463

Latest post by nicholas on Monday, 19 November 2018 01:13 CST Created on Wednesday, 14 November 2018 13:47 CST by dviolante

Closed
 #30385: Akeeba Site Restore and finder_links table oddity

Latest post by slavelle on Sunday, 18 November 2018 17:17 CST Created on Friday, 19 October 2018 10:22 CDT by slavelle

Closed
 #30228: PHP notice in cli

Latest post by jjst135 on Sunday, 18 November 2018 17:17 CST Created on Tuesday, 11 September 2018 02:00 CDT by jjst135

Pending
 #30472: Google drive upload failed

Latest post by nicholas on Sunday, 18 November 2018 11:46 CST Created on Sunday, 11 November 2018 17:27 CST by Matheos

Pending
 #30463: Invalid JSON data received...

Latest post by nicholas on Sunday, 18 November 2018 11:46 CST Created on Saturday, 10 November 2018 02:01 CST by Valtari

Pending
 #30517: Update Problems

Latest post by nicholas on Sunday, 18 November 2018 10:45 CST Created on Saturday, 17 November 2018 01:49 CST by Pascal Bazzea

Closed
 #30503: checksum verification failed

Latest post by infopunkt on Friday, 16 November 2018 04:49 CST Created on Thursday, 15 November 2018 17:48 CST by infopunkt

Closed
 #30508: Uopdate form 6.2.1 to 6.3.0

Latest post by crazyhorse on Friday, 16 November 2018 02:11 CST Created on Friday, 16 November 2018 01:15 CST by crazyhorse

Closed
 #30496: checksum verification failed

Latest post by ANDweb on Friday, 16 November 2018 02:09 CST Created on Thursday, 15 November 2018 13:02 CST by ANDweb

Closed
 #30466: Archive files appear in 2 directories in Google Drive

Latest post by jgowans on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 02:33 CST Created on Saturday, 10 November 2018 10:32 CST by jgowans

Closed
 #30470: Restore Backup fail

Latest post by Frank Lever on Sunday, 11 November 2018 16:13 CST Created on Sunday, 11 November 2018 16:11 CST by Frank Lever

Closed
 #30348: internal server error

Latest post by gstyles on Saturday, 10 November 2018 17:17 CST Created on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 07:48 CDT by gstyles

Closed
 #30346: Server Error 503

Latest post by salem72 on Friday, 09 November 2018 17:17 CST Created on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 05:13 CDT by salem72

Closed
 #30326: dreamhost backup in "west" instead new "east" storage

Latest post by victorwooten on Thursday, 08 November 2018 17:17 CST Created on Thursday, 04 October 2018 05:38 CDT by victorwooten

Closed
 #30329: Site suspended due to too large backups

Latest post by jamie@morphpr.co.uk on Sunday, 04 November 2018 17:17 CST Created on Thursday, 04 October 2018 17:19 CDT by jamie@morphpr.co.uk

Closed
 #30319: Cannot Backup from Watchful.li

Latest post by mangotreemedia on Friday, 02 November 2018 18:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 02 October 2018 20:15 CDT by mangotreemedia

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