Akeeba Backup has won the prestigious Administrator Only Extension J.O.S.C.A.R. Award at J and Beyond 2010. Download it for free to find out why.
Joomla! 2.5/3.0 only. We have older versions for Joomla! 1.5/1.6/1.7 on our site.
- It configures itself for optimal operation with your site. Just click on Configuration Wizard.
- One click backup.
- AJAX powered backup (site and database, database only, files only or incremental files only backup)
- The fastest native PHP backup engine.
- Choose between standard ZIP or highly efficient JPA archive format
- able to exclude specific files, folders
- able to exclude specific database tables or their contents
- Unattended backup mode (CRON job scheduling), fully compatible with Webcron.org
- Backup using any cellphone made after 2007 with a web browser using our exclusive "Lite Mode" (including the cheapest Nokia and Sony Ericsson models!)
- AJAX powered site restoration
- "Kickstart" restore: restore without unpacking backup
- Move your site between hosts without downloading/uploading anything (using the DirectFTP backup engine)
- Archives can be restored on any host. Useful for transferring your site between subdomains/hosts or even to/from your local testing server (XAMPP, WAMPServer, MAMP, Zend Server, etc).
and much much more!
Do not miss out the complimentary companion desktop software (Akeeba SiteDiff and Akeeba eXtract Wizard) which are available free of charge from our site. They make working with Akeeba Backup a breeze.
Note: The software is free of charge, its support is not. You need a valid subscription (starting at EUR 7.79) to request support. However, its documentation, the troubleshooting wizard and searching the forum is free.
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I am new to joomla and have a need to move my site to a new server with new paths etc. I installed the free version, read the quickstart guide, did what it said, backup failed, followed the troubleshooting section (my host's PHP file size limitation was the issue) resolved the issue from the documentation, whole site backup succeeded.
Tested the "successful" backups by following the quickstart guide and managed to get a fully working version of my website running on my laptop.
I cannot praise this enough as it is painless and will be a lot quicker when I come to migrate it to it's new server and will certainly have faith when I use Akeeba as the regular backup application.
Fantastic and a must for all joomla sites that I create.
This is my first review on here :o)
From your description it is not clear if you did have a problem with Akeeba Backup or Joomla!.
If you restored the backup on the *same site* as you backed up from and Akeeba Backup lost your memcached settings that is a bug and I could help you (and fixed the bug, and give you a free subscription as per our Bug Bounty policy which is posted on the top of our publicly readable support forum) should you have contacted me. But you didn't and I can neither reproduce this issue nor solve it, or even figure out if it *is* an issue.
If, however, you are restoring to a different site, the problem is not with Akeeba Backup. Akeeba Backup is only responsible for backing up and restoring your site's files and database contents. In the process it reconfigures Joomla!'s db connection information, FTP information, site information and Super Administrator logins but that's all. We can not possibly replicate Joomla!'s entire configuration page. If you have such a Joomla! configuration issue it's your responsibility to reconfigure your site.
BTW, I don't think that anyone would find it logical that a Joomla! newbie should ever use memached. This is advanced stuff, which is only required for heavy traffic websites. I suppose that no Joomla! newbie would ever have to manage such a site, but I digress.
Akeeba is the most rock solid component in ANY category on JED. It is the ONLY component that I install literally on EVERY site that I build. I install it before the first article or module. The support is absolutely second to none, though I only needed it once (and it was not even a technical issue, but rather a billing question). This component is absolutely dead simple to use. In fact the user manual (which every complainer here needs to read) is actually the most complicated part of the program (not that it is complex, but the component is really brainless - My 6 year old can use it). If I could only have one Joomla extension, this would be the one (though Akeeba Admin Tools are almost as useful).
Anyhow, to the point...For the lazy people on here that don't feel compelled to read the manual, here are the restore instructions in 2-3 easy steps (the 3rd is not always needed):
#1 - Upload the .jpa or .zip backup file, kickstart.php, and en-GB.kickstart.ini (if your language is English)
#2 - go to the URL that you are restoring and click through the "Next" prompts
#3 - If you are restoring to a different server than the one the backup was made on (i.e., moving your site to a different server), then create a blank database and enter that info when plainly prompted to do so during the restoration
That is literally all you have to do.
Here are a couple of tips:
1 - You can use the same kickstart.php and en-GB.kickstart.ini file every time so. for convenience, I just keep those files extracted and on my computer ready to upload
2 - If you don't know your admin password, you can change it during restore
3 - You can use Remote Control to automate the backup process from your PC or Mac (thanks for adding Mac Nicholas)
Ok, so here are my two requests:
1) Anyone getting free software should get a life and stop criticizing anything at all when it does not work for them (I have successfully used this several dozen times). If it does not work for you, believe me it is something YOU are doing wrong
2) Anyone that counts on this software to save their butt or for any other reason other than testing should buy the paid version. It adds very useful features and supports future development. Even if you don't need the extra features, you should support this developer. Everything I have used that he has made is AWESOME.
Ok, that's my piece. Again, I want to mention I have absolutely no association to the developer in any manner other than as a paying customer - nothing I said reflects his opinion.
I am using now the Admin Tools Pro from Akeeba as well. It is an other core part of a Joomla pro tool-kit - especially if you are security conscious. When I subscribed, I even got a discount for having two subscriptions.
Cudos to Akeeba and Nicho!
Akeeba's support is super and the docs are very complete.
Thank you Akeeba for another awesome extension!
The back-up basically just saved the original version of the template without any added settings, module positions, images etc.
Looking at all the positive reviews that should not be a big problem to solve, but, still - it is easier to choose other components which work out of the box, not this one..
Let's see... The template settings are saved in the database (Joomla! 1.6/1.7) or the params.ini file (Joomla! 1.5). In both cases, this is part of what is being backed up by Akeeba Backup.
Moreover, our own site uses a RocketTheme template (Omnicron, to be exact) and it does restore fine, as can be attested by the very fact that our site is working after three different restorations.
Perhaps you should take 10 minutes to follow the instructions in the post-restoration troubleshooting page at https://www.akeebabackup.com/documentation/troubleshooter/prbasicts.html to figure out what special settings your server requires when restoring a site. That's why we do have such detailed documentation and provide it free of charge to all.