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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One thing maybe helpful. First time I restored everything, with change of the password for super administrator for the backend. It didn't work. I tried everything to recover the password. Still didn't work.
I restored again without changing the password (by leavning the textbox for password empty), and Everything is restored!!!!
Thank you for your review! We're glad our software was of service to you in such a stressful situation.
The password issue you mention was indeed a bug in Akeeba Backup's restoration script. In the meantime, we fixed it in the latest release of our software (3.2.3 at the time of this writing).
It's only in the last few weeks that I've been in a position to re-evaluate back-up solutions. Akeeba Backup delivers all the promises that it's previous incarnation, JoomlaPack, had made. It really is phenomenal - I'm not sure the size of the largest site I've used it on, but the resulting zip was around 250MB. I don't think you can get it any faster or do a better job unless you have command line access to the server.
The next problem is getting your back-ups automated. Yes - the core (free) version includes a lazy back-up plugin that will email it. But my simplest Joomla site when zipped is around 8MB and many email providers have a maximum email size limit of 5 or 10MB. Akeeba have developed another fantastic freebie - Remote Control - which will run locally to trigger a back-up and download. It can even schedule the back-ups! There are some issues with it, e.g. no way to migrate your site settings from the 2.5 version (for Joomla 1.5) and 4.x (which support Joomla 1.5 and 1.6 - but not officially stable yet). Unless you've got a lot of sites, this is not much of an issue, but I now think it best to go for the 4.x version. However, I had quite a few problems installing it which seems to be down to the Windows Titanium installer program that has been used to package it up (strictly speaking not a problem with Akeeba). After a bit of searching, I found the answer in Akeeba's forums - namely delete the titanium folder hidden on your hard disk, and then repair your installation.
My last problem was that J!1.6 sites were coming down as JPA files instead of zip files using the Remote Control program. After a bit of testing, I thought it was some kind of compatibility issue between Remote Control and Joomla 1.6, so resorted to asking confirmation on functionality on the Akeeba forum. I got an amazingly quick response from Nicholas and the issue was resolved in about 24 hours! The root cause is questionnable, but the resolving action was to re-install Akeeba Backup on the site (complicated slightly by part of my testing and having two backup profiles).
I cannot recommend Akeeba Backup highly enough. The Remote Control 4.x extension has installation problems, but once working is also brilliant - a requirement if you have dynamic sites. Akeeba Admin Tools is also a great product from Akeeba, although may not be used as much as the backup programs.
I think Nicholas and Akeeba have provided an excellent suite of products and it's backed-up by a first class support forum. I hope they are able to keep up their stirling work.
I use only a couple of features but it really showed its value when I messed up and had to restore the site. Click, click, click (ok, maybe that sounds too easy but that's what it felt like) and everything was up and running again. This is a component you can't go without. 5 stars, not a doubt on my mind.
Packed, uploaded on ftp, used Kickstart: after ten minutes the site was on line and working perfect!
Extremely easy to use, powerful and, overall, inclredibly useful!!
Thank you for this great piece of work!!
I would say this is one of the most important components for Joomla and I have depended heavily on several on a busy ecommerce site. Essential. Hats off to you for the clean and professional interface.
My site was hacked twice last year and restoring was a real pain!
Yesterday I managed to crash my site, so I used Kickstart to restore from these backups...site was up and running perfectly in no time. So relieved! I really am sleeping a little better right now.