Credits: Video Training produced by Brian Teeman
Akeeba Backup for Wordpress is a plugin to help you to easily backup, restore and transfer your web sites.
Go to the download menu. Here we can see the link to the latest version so click to download it to your computer.
Now return to your WordPress site.
Go to Plugins and select Add New Click on the Upload Plugin button.
Browse your computer to where you stored the download and once selected click on Install Now.
Once the plugin has been installed click to activate it.
You can now see Akeeba Backup for Wordpress in our list of of installed plugins and on the left hand menu you will see a new link directly to Akeeba Backup.
Depending on your screen size you might find it easier to collapse the left hand menu.
We can see several options here but the first thing we need to do is to run the Configuration Wizard.
Akeeba Backup for Wordpress is now testing your site and calculating the best settings for your individual web site. It is important that you remain on the 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.
You can see a warning message here that we are using the default directory for backups. This is perfectly normal and unless you change the directory in the Configuration this message will appear.
As we can see Akeeba Backup for Wordpress will store some information each time we make a backup. By default it creates a description of the backup, stating the time and date that it was taken, and you can optionally include an additional comment perhaps stating that you are doing this backup before installing another plugin.
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 maybe multiple parts.
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 and confirming.
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 for Wordpress. If you are using the free version of Akeeba Backup for WordPress you're all complete.
If you are using the Professional version there is one more step to go.
Right at the top we have a message about entering our Download ID. This is required for updates to the program so let's go ahead and fix that.
Return the akeebabackup.com web site and make sure that you are logged in and select My Subscriptions from the menu.
If you now scroll down you will see your Download ID simply select and copy it.
Return to your web site and past it in click on Apply Download ID.
We can see that the message has now disappeared and we have completed the installation of Akeeba Backup for WordPress Professional.