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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

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 #9152: I can't install Akeeba Backup Pro version

Latest post by choumike on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Friday, 11 November 2011 01:33 CST by choumike

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 #9153: Automated Email Fails after Upgrade to 3.3.6

Latest post by user47568 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Friday, 11 November 2011 02:49 CST by user47568

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 #9154: Akeeba icon missing from Joomla control panel

Latest post by kostalasa on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Friday, 11 November 2011 03:51 CST by kostalasa

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 #9155: Boss should have set up Amazon but instead did livekive

Latest post by paulus103 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Friday, 11 November 2011 09:34 CST by paulus103

Closed
 #9156: Remote CLI as a Cron in my windows machine with remote FTP server

Latest post by zott on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Friday, 11 November 2011 09:43 CST by zott

Closed
 #9157: Backup error: XML-RPC layer error:Invalid payload received from xml-rpc server

Latest post by user11379 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Friday, 11 November 2011 19:16 CST by user11379

Closed
 #9158: automated command cron

Latest post by kostalasa on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Sunday, 13 November 2011 03:15 CST by kostalasa

Closed
 #9159: 404 URL not found

Latest post by user50689 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Sunday, 13 November 2011 16:09 CST by user50689

Closed
 #9160: Backup stopped

Latest post by user50747 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Monday, 14 November 2011 08:56 CST by user50747

Closed
 #9161: Menu screen messed up after restore

Latest post by rudymadsen on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Monday, 14 November 2011 10:18 CST by rudymadsen

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 #9162: Remote CLI download is 0 kb

Latest post by user7543 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Tuesday, 15 November 2011 08:14 CST by user7543

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 #9163: Site blank after restore

Latest post by user50757 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Tuesday, 15 November 2011 08:51 CST by user50757

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 #9164: Directory item settings in red during restore

Latest post by sandstorm871 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 04:18 CST by sandstorm871

Closed
 #9165: Invalid AJAX data error

Latest post by user50899 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 07:06 CST by user50899

Closed
 #9166: I wanted to do the update 3.3.6 and it's impossible. He said he can not move the files.

Latest post by bking on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 23:31 CST by bking

Closed
 #9167: After installing 3.3.6

Latest post by bking on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Thursday, 17 November 2011 00:12 CST by bking

Closed
 #9168: database.ini is not present? Unable to restore a backup

Latest post by user16821 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Thursday, 17 November 2011 12:01 CST by user16821

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 #9169: Front-End backup and S3

Latest post by user50301 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Thursday, 17 November 2011 15:26 CST by user50301

Closed
 #9170: error message : tabel _session doesn't exist

Latest post by JanGud on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Friday, 18 November 2011 05:14 CST by JanGud

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 #9171: Directory item settings in red during restore by sandstore871

Latest post by user6871 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Friday, 18 November 2011 20:42 CST by user6871

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