Credits: Video Training produced by Brian Teeman
Akeeba Backup is a Joomla component to help you to easily backup, restore and transfer your web sites.
In this lesson will be installing the free version of Akeeba Backup into our Joomla 3 web site.
To begin with let's download a copy of Akeeba Backup Core to our computer.
Go to the download menu and select Akeeba Backup.
We can now see the latest release of Akeeba Backup.
Let's just download a copy of Akeeba Backup Core to our own computer.
Once the download is completed go to your Joomla 3 web site and login to the administrator.
Akeeba Backup Core installs like any Joomla extension.
Go to the Extensions Menu and select Extensions.
Now we need to select our copy of Akeeba Backup Core that we downloaded. Click upload and install.
Once installation is complete you will receive a success message such as this.
We now need to go and configure Akeeba Backup Core for our web server.
Go to the Components Menu and select Akeeba Backup.
The configuration wizard automatically starts and Akeeba Backup Core determines the best settings for your individual web site.
It is important that you remain on this screen until the Wizard has completed.
Once the wizard has completed you're ready to complete your first backup. Let us go ahead and do that right now.
As we can see Akeeba Backup will store some information each time we make a backup.
By default it creates a description for the backup stating the time and date that it was taken.
You can optionally include an additional comment perhaps stating that you are doing this backup before installing another component.
For now I'm going to leave that blank and just click Backup Now.
The backup process has now started.
It is important that you do not browse to any other page until the backup has completed.
Once the backup has completed successfully you should click on Manage Backups.
Here we can see the backup has taken place with the description, a status of OK the size of the backup and a link to the actual backup file itself. Depending on your configuration there may be multiple files.
A backup kept on your web site is as useful as a set of spare keys stored inside your house. So it is important you download the backup from your website to your own computer.
You can do this simply by clicking the link.
Once you have downloaded the backup you can if you want delete the backup file from your website, perhaps you are short of space on your hosting account.
You can do this by selecting the backup here and then clicking delete files. You will see there is another option called delete.
This will delete the complete record that a backup took place. I prefer to keep that record and will just click delete files.
We can see now that the record is still here but the backup file itself has gone.
We have now created our first backup with Akeeba Backup Core.