Introduction

Backup, Site Security

Akeeba Backup Core is the most widely used open-source backup component for the Joomla! CMS. Its mission is simple: create a site backup that can be restored on any Joomla!-capable server, making it ideal not only for backups but also for site transfers or even deploying sites to your clients' servers. Akeeba Backup creates a full backup of your site in a single archive. The archive contains all the files, a database snapshot and an installer similar in function to the standard Joomla! installer. The backup and restore process is AJAX powered to avoid server timeouts, even with huge sites. Alternatively, you can make a backup of only your database, or only your files. Akeeba Backup is the reliable, easy to use, open source backup solution for your Joomla! site.


Joomla! 3.8 and later, PHP 7.1 and later. We have older versions for end of life Joomla and PHP versions on our site.

Features:

  • The Configuration Wizard configures itself for optimal operation with your site, automatically.
  • The fastest and most reliable native PHP backup engine.
  • One click backup.
  • Site transfer wizard. Transfer your site between servers fast and easily.
  • Restore with Akeeba Kickstart (free of charge script): restore extracting the backup directly on the server; no need to upload thousands of files by FTP!
  • Choose between standard ZIP or highly efficient JPA archive format.
  • Exclude specific files, folders.
  • Exclude specific database tables or their contents.
  • Archives can be restored on any host. Useful for transferring your site between subdomains/hosts or even to/from your local testing server (e.g. XAMPP, WAMPServer, MAMP, etc).

and much, much more!

Note: The Akeeba Backup Core component, its documentation and its video tutorials are free of charge. Support for the software and an edition with advanced features (not listed above) are, however, not free of charge. If you are filing a review please make sure that it concerns the Akeeba Backup Core edition and the features we make available free of charge, in line with the Joomla Extension Directory's rules. Thank you!

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Functionality
As of the update today I am getting a: FOF: Model \Akeeba\Backup\Admin\Model\IncludeFolder not found message on 3 sites
Ease of use
Once you get the hang of it great. It's pretty much automatic once you have set it up. Just press the button..
Support
Not so good for free version. Can't reach developer to report bug, as I can't get past his captcha!
Documentation
Ok for me. There is tons of documentation on the AKEEBA site. Not really necessary, as the product is pretty logical.
I used this to: a long time and back-up my hobby sites. Very cool tool to transfer sites from local host to live! Don't want to miss it.

Very dangerous



Posted on 13 November 2020
Functionality
I did a back up, thought it would stay on the server. Made changes to my site that didn't work. Tried to restore the backup, didn't work!
Ease of use
Lost five years work because of it. Should store the backups on the server. Very poor design and lures you in to a false sense of security.
Support
Didn't bother because I could see there was nothing on the server
Documentation
quite tricky and awkward. makes explanations then says don't do this.
I used this to: Used to back up and protect my site. because of it, I lost my site. Would not recommend at all.
Owner's reply: Installing Akeeba Backup and taking a backup with it does not make any changes to your site. Only restoring a backup makes changes to your site, by definition. I am wondering why you think this is not the case. I'd really like your feedback on this.

Akeeba Backup does store the backup archives on your server, namely in administrator/components/com_akeeba/backup. This has always been the case, since it was called JoomlaPack when it was first released on October 2006. However, if you delete your entire site, including all of its files and folders, the backup archives stored in the default backup location will be lost since they are under the site's root that has been deleted. This is not making an excuse, it's a fact. Akeeba Backup does allow you to use a different directory and we do strongly recommend, by means of an in-component notice, to use one outside your site's root exactly so that you can avoid accidentally removing your backup archives.

You can restore your backup archives using Akeeba Kickstart. There is no in-component restoration in the Core (free of charge) edition of the software, what this Joomla Extensions Directory entry is for. A link to a video tutorial showing the restoration process and Kickstart itself is displayed in the Manage Backups page. Restoring the backup is contigent to your server capabilities and our documentation does tell you what to do if the restoration fails. Successfully restoring your site gives you the option to remove Kickstart and the backup archive, with a clear warning that this will take place. Is it possible that this is what you did but didn't read the waring? If so, I can of course try to make changes to address that.

If you are using the for-a-fee Professional version of our software then yes, you can have Akeeba Backup send the backup archives to a remote storage service under your control and optionally remove them from your server. In this case the backup archives will be stored in the service you configured yourself, they are not lost even if your entire site is wiped clean. You can download them, upload them to your site along with Kickstart and restore your site. If you still have access to your site's backend you can of course fetch back the backup archives to your server using the Manage Backups page and use the integrated restoration feature which is indeed part of the Professional version. If you do have the Professional version and are not sure how to do any of that you're welcome to file a support ticket on our site.

Regarding the documentation, we describe all pitfalls coming from server configuration. Server configuration is outside your or our control. It's what your hosting provider is responsible for. All we can do is provide the necessary options to work around limitations arising from these configuration choices, many of which are driven by cost cutting efforts on the hosting provider's side, and document how to use them to let Akeeba Backup work despite the problematic hosting environment. In my humble opinion that's the opposite of poor design. It's trivial to write backup software that works on an ideally configured server. It's notoriously hard to write backup software that works on servers with restrictive or problematic configuration, yet that's what I've been doing for the past 14 years of my life.

I would like to ask you to please use the Contact Us page on our site (https://www.akeeba.com/contact-us.html), using the pre-sales request option to reach me directly, to contact me regarding your negative experience with Akeeba Backup. It's possible that you misunderstood what transpired and I can still help you recover your site. If not, I would appreciate your feedback about what happened so I can further improve the software. This is what I've been doing for 14 years. My goal is and has always been to write software that provides REAL security to Joomla users, not just a false sense of security.

Life saver



Posted on 26 August 2020
Functionality
This is a life saver extension , it make backup in few minutes, Before making any joomla upgrade make a backup whole website with it.
Ease of use
Very easy to use auto configure everything. Just One click and backup is ready to use,
Support
I used this to: Almost all the website i have has akeeba to take backups and server migrations

Great extensions!



Posted on 19 August 2020
Functionality
Backing up with this extension is pure pleasure. All the functions are where you need them.
Ease of use
When I first made a copy, I didn't even think about what to do. Very good extension.
I used this to: I use Akeeb on practically every page I make. To make copies and move the site to another hosting.

Many years



Posted on 11 August 2020
Functionality
Always works great. Backs up everything for the site. You can also restore if needed. Transfer (hint-hint)
Ease of use
Takes just a few minutes to set up and done. One button push backup
Support
Only had to use one time on a restore. Quickly and nicely resolved and it was all my fault.
Documentation
Never needed much, but what I did look at was real good. I mostly just looked up what little was needed on their website.
I used this to: many web sites. There are maybe 16 websites at present that are checked on daily and some that have a lot of traffic

my experience



Posted on 05 July 2020
Functionality
it is fairly easy to use to say the least.
i havent had any issues with it yet hopefully never will
Ease of use
its not bad im new at it so still need to get used to it probably gonna watch a bit more on how i can manage my website properly.
Support
Documentation
I used this to: backing up my website works ok for me i havent had any issues with backing them up its fast and easy to use i definitly recommend it
Functionality
From the quick start to using it, Akeeba Backup is an intuitive, seamless backup tool to ensure you always have a restore point.
Ease of use
It is seriously amazing and works pretty well... Could not image backups can be this simple.
Support
Documentation
I used this to: Backing up and restoring my websites. Akeeba lends peace of mind to everyone from the novice to expert.
Functionality
Don't look at any other backup tool.
I am using Akeeba on all of my Joomla Sites and it has never let me down.
Ease of use
One Click backup, cant be simpler.
Do not forget to backup your website backups
Support
I never needed any support at all.
Even restore a backup is documented properly
Documentation
Good Enough, but never really needed.
Not much to comment since never needed
I used this to: Making Backups of Joomla sites of course.
This is a silly question

Great Product



Posted on 16 June 2020
Functionality
Does exactly what it says and is updated regularly. The backups are correct
Ease of use
Very easy to use even without reading any instructions. Well done in this point
I used this to: I sue ti for all my joomla websites to have a backup in case of any crushes.

Great extension!



Posted on 15 June 2020
Functionality
Highly functional. Backs up your sites so you always have a backup point.
Ease of use
Extremely easy to use. Saves your site and you can easily back it up whenever you want.
I used this to: Backing up and saving various sites. This tool helps me whenever I want to change something on them. I can easily go back to where I was if I mess up, so that's great.
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Akeeba Backup

Version:
7.4.0
Developer:
Akeeba Ltd
Last updated:
Nov 17 2020
2 weeks ago
Date added:
Jun 05 2007
License:
GPLv2 or later
Type:
Free download
Includes:
c m p
Compatibility:
J3 J4 Beta
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Uses Joomla! Update System

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