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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Make Backups are now not more head pain just one click and you have a perfect easy to use full Datbase and site Backup in one. Akeeba make my life easy when you have to update and backup regulary 100 Sites
Simply put, after using it for a few months you'll loose the count of how many times it saved your life, or how much time it saved you for moving sites from one server to another.
And the most amazing thing: it's free! I'm sure many people in the software industry won't be able to believe it :).
I especially like how Akeeba Backup in combination with Kickstarter (also on their site) makes it very easy to migrate your site to a different location (in my case often from or to my localhost to experiment or break stuff).
No need to be afraid of wrecking your live site if you can easily work on an exact mirror of the site - putting a 12.000 article site back takes only a few minutes.
Caution though: if your backup file is not password protected, don't put it online - anyone bumping into it has all the information (including database login, user tables with email addresses, ...). Use a password if you plan on doing this, and delete the file right after you restored it.
I have tried another product (no names mentioned) and I had nothing but problems - at each step of the way I was presented with some drama to deal with.
Akeeba just simply is bullet-proof. I have in the last two weeks had to restore EIGHT new sites and on ANOTHER SERVER. Seven of these were Joomla sites. Akeeba restored these flawlessly each time - with NO hitches whatsoever. The eighth site was a Word Press site which I transferred last because I was dreading having to use the other backup product. Sure enough it took me a whole day to get the site on the new server with that other backup component and I ended up having to restore it mostly manually anyway!
The Akeeba developer Nicholas is not only smart and professional but he has a sense of humour and is very attentive to any questions or issues put to him (the only problems I ever had with Akeeba were due to my own mistakes).
When it comes to backing up your site - you don't want excuses or have to wade through forums to find answers to restore your site. You just want it to work - period. And importantly you want to know its GOING to work as that is peace of mind.
That is what Akeeba does - it works. It is embarrassingly easy to use too....
Easy to use even for newbies like me!
I installed Akeeba Backup Core a few weeks on my main development site. I made a few backups which all reported as successful.
Today I installed another Joomla! extension which unfortunately didn't work as I had intended. Never mind, it's not a problem, it's an opportunity to try out Akeeba.
I used FileZilla to rename the directory, create a new directory with the original name, copy Kickstart and the latest backup file, and then run Kickstart.
I had made a lot of notes on database names etc but in the end this was unnecessary and KickStart did a great job and did it all. The website appears to be all back up and running.
Akeeba Backup is great for testing and development.
Documentation is first class and easy to understand. The author is great at communication - I bought a subscription of the Pro version and couldn't get it to download, Nicholas (the Author) was quick to reply and very helpful.
On this basis, I will shortly look about automated backups saving to the cloud for total piece of mind,
I have no connection with Akeeba Backup,apart from being a very happy customer.
There are too many good reasons for it:
- Migration Tasks (Test, Productive)
- Development (If you messed somthing up)
- Security (If somehow your site was attacked, defaced, whatever)
Thanks to Akeeba Backup it's always not that troublesome and/or time consuming.
You can use the default settings, but I strongly suggest to take a bit time and break down what and how your backup should look.
I'm mainly using it on a website with around 1.6gb Download Files. I make now and then a "profile" Backup only with the necessary joomla data (so Backup is around 150mb) and through cronjob I make every week a backup (1.6gb+ and remotely saved).
I already had once a security breach and my website was filled with malware. Deleted the webfolder, run my Akeeba Restore through Kickstart and 45 minutes later (it took time to upload the Akeeba File to the webserver) the Website was back again.
With the Pro Edition you'll get some neat features. Based on your need It would make sense to compare it.
Support is also quite fast and can be recommended.