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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
 #10847: Akeeba Pro 3.3.12 installed, no plugins appear

Latest post by user48058 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Saturday, 28 January 2012 05:50 CST by user48058

Closed
 #10851: Akeeba BU Pro Doesn't Update - Backup Ends In Error

Latest post by JoeJoomla on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Saturday, 28 January 2012 09:33 CST by JoeJoomla

Closed
 #10861: Restore Crashes Using Ver 3.3.12

Latest post by kautrand on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Saturday, 28 January 2012 20:00 CST by kautrand

Closed
 #10863: RE: 10862 - 500 error when installing component - My ticket closed for some reason

Latest post by Earthson on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Saturday, 28 January 2012 21:27 CST by Earthson

Closed
 #10864: REstore points failing with 3.3.12

Latest post by user46732 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Saturday, 28 January 2012 21:39 CST by user46732

Closed
 #10866: live update suggestion

Latest post by aykIrI on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Sunday, 29 January 2012 01:58 CST by aykIrI

Closed
 #10867: White screen after installing 3.3.13 on J1.5.25

Latest post by DavidBoggitt on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Sunday, 29 January 2012 03:19 CST by DavidBoggitt

Closed
 #11657: Update only to developer releases

Latest post by BWakeeba on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Wednesday, 21 March 2012 18:08 CDT by BWakeeba

Closed
 #10906: MB language is default - No

Latest post by user35998 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Tuesday, 31 January 2012 06:07 CST by user35998

Closed
 #10907: Will not backup when upgraded to Pro version

Latest post by irishbiker on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Tuesday, 31 January 2012 06:22 CST by irishbiker

Closed
 #10914: question akeeba upgrade

Latest post by markuz on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Tuesday, 31 January 2012 14:44 CST by markuz

Closed
 #10923: Akeeba does not remove installation folder

Latest post by oorzaak on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Wednesday, 01 February 2012 12:28 CST by oorzaak

Closed
 #10938: AJAX loading error

Latest post by EmediaAssoc on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Thursday, 02 February 2012 13:27 CST by EmediaAssoc

Closed
 #10951: backup not working anymore.

Latest post by user42944 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Friday, 03 February 2012 03:07 CST by user42944

Closed
 #10952: Akeeba Backup Pro 500 Internal Server Error when post processing to Dropbox

Latest post by glennbrown on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Friday, 03 February 2012 03:34 CST by glennbrown

Closed
 #10972: Keep sending e-mails

Latest post by user47197 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Sunday, 05 February 2012 04:36 CST by user47197

Closed
 #10985: Back up error with Pro

Latest post by biru32 on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Monday, 06 February 2012 15:16 CST by biru32

Closed
 #10987: Upgrade caused malfunction.

Latest post by artisanwebandprint on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Monday, 06 February 2012 22:27 CST by artisanwebandprint

Closed
 #10990: Manual FTP transfer doesn't go

Latest post by rolandd on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Tuesday, 07 February 2012 03:34 CST by rolandd

Closed
 #11000: Multiple database backup setup issue

Latest post by austega on Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:00 CST Created on Tuesday, 07 February 2012 18:35 CST by austega

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