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.

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Joomla! 3.4 and later, PHP 5.4 and later (including PHP 7). We have older versions for Joomla! 1.5 to 3.3 and older 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.
  • Integrated restoration for same server restoration.
  • 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.
  • Unattended backup mode (CRON job scheduling), fully compatible with Webcron.org
  • 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 is free of charge, its support is not. We can't tell you what you need to get support because of JED censorship, but you can find out about it on our site. In any case, Akeeba Backup's documentation, video tutorials, troubleshooting wizard and reading the public tickets is free of charge.

*** IF YOU CAN'T FIND HOW TO ENABLE A FEATURE LISTED HERE, PLEASE READ THE (FREE) DOCUMENTATION AND WATCH OUR VIDEO TUTORIALS! ***


Functionality

It does everything it is supposed to perfectly.

Ease of use

It is very simple to use.

Support

I don't remember ever needing support.

Documentation

The documentation is great. I sometimes get a little lost looking for what I need.

I used this to: I use Akeeba Backup to make backups of my clients websites and my own websites. I back up a metric ton of websites (which is a lot when you consider how little a website actually weighs). I use it on every website! Always!

Functionality

Unbelievable the Akeeba (free) utility is FREE! I can't imagine whats the paid version would do.

Ease of use

Very, very simple, both creating the backup as well as transfering a new version of a site to the production server.

Support

No need for support yet, but judging the documentation, it must be good!

Documentation

Superb and extensive:well written, simply follow the steps, explanations where needed.

I used this to: Backup and site transfer. Very simple to use, meaning the software must be quite advanced.I use it for (now) two sites, eventually five.

My essential Joomla tool


Posted on 04 October 2018
Functionality

Do job

Ease of use

easy to understand to use

Support

good support

Documentation

complete

I used this to: backup my clients website

Life saver


Posted on 01 October 2018
Functionality

This is simply a MUST HAVE extension.

Ease of use

if you dont need to play with settings, it is few click work with it.

Support

Didnt need

Documentation

Didnt need


Life saver


Posted on 01 October 2018
Functionality

This is simply a MUST HAVE extension.

Ease of use

if you dont need to play with settings, it is few click work with it.

Support

Didnt need

Documentation

Didnt need


Functionality

Configuration 10/10.
Manual backup 10/10.
Scheduled backup 2/10 (but this is free and they have to hold something back for the paid version)

Ease of use

Configuration 10/10.
Manual backup 10/10.
Scheduled backup 2/10 - but they provide functionality to process backups triggered elsewhere.

Support

Regular updates: 10/10
Ability to log issues: 5/10 - cannot log tickets but can report bugs at https://www.akeebabackup.com/contact-us.html

Documentation

Excellent - including how to trigger backups using e.g. webcron (though I do it using task scheduler on my PC).

I used this to: Site / database backups.
Owner's reply: Scheduled backups have always been possible with Akeeba Backup Core since it was called JoomlaPack back in 2007. In fact, the free version allows you to take scheduled backups in two different ways:

1. Frontend backups for use with CRON. Documented here https://www.akeebabackup.com/documentation/akeeba-backup-documentation/automating-your-backup.html#frontend-backup and also described in great detail in the component itself. You can also find a video about it, used in conjunction with WebCRON in https://www.akeebabackup.com/documentation/akeeba-backup-documentation/automating-your-backup.html#frontend-backup This is the method we have supported for over 10 years. Documentation and videos are linked to by the component and are free of charge.

2. The JSON API which can be used by our free of charge Akeeba Remote CLI (see its free of charge documentation at https://www.akeebabackup.com/documentation/arccli.html) or through third party services such as myJoomla and Watchful. We DO NOT make money out of these third party services because, well, they are third party...

Regarding the paid version, it adds exactly two (2) additional methods:

a. A CLI script which uses the front-end backup method. This is a more complicated version of the script we already give you for free in the Automate Your Backup page of the free of charge version of our component. The main difference is that it is more verbose and gives you exit codes which can be used in automation. Really not that much different than using cURL or wget.

b. A pure CLI backup script which does not go through the web server at all. Yes, this is something not provided in the free version.

All of the above do require you to set up a CRON job on your server or use a third party service. When Paul emailed me about his review I sent him a long explanation why this is necessary. Please let me copy & paste here (it's a LONG read).

There is a very good reason why we don't allow backups to happen "magically", e.g. through a system plugin: backup consistency. I am not making this up. Back in 2010 to 2012 we had a system plugin which would "magically" take scheduled backups, the Lazy Scheduling plugin. However it had several shortcomings.

The backup is a very long and resource intensive process. You cannot run the backup of an entire site in a single page load because you will run afoul of PHP's time limits, your web server's time limits, PHP's memory constraints, your database's query limit, your host's CPU usage limits or your host's I/O limits. Basically, if you don't have a tiny site on a dedicated server it will fail. That's why the backup process in the backend uses AJAX to make multiple calls to the server, each call progressing the backup just a fraction, until the backup is complete.

This does not translate very well to an automatic backup which does not use CRON. PHP is stateless language, i.e. it only executes when you call a page without having any context of what happened before that call or in parallel with that call. This means that you need something to trigger the backup and keep it progressing. If you can neither have a CRON job nor a third party service doing that for you the only trigger that's available to the system is visitor activity. However, this creates some issues.

You can only take backups when there's plenty of user activity. You need a steady stream of traffic. This is all but impossible on the small sites which would benefit the most from such a backup method. What we had seen is that backups which take 30 seconds in the backend took 2 days or even weeks to complete with the "magic" scheduled backup. This was due to a lack of activity from users.

The other problem is that you need the user to stay on the page. If they close their browser while the backup is executing most servers will drop the connection and kill the script. This has the effect of corrupting the backup archive since the backup taking code was abruptly stopped in mid-process. The next time we try to step through the backup process bad things will happen.

Since you are relying on user activity it is guaranteed that the backup is being taken when data is more likely to change. Therefore you have a problem with the backup consistency. This is not a big deal with regular backups since the backup is short enough to provide an acceptable level of consistency. The "magic" backups were resulting in highly inconsistent backups, therefore restoration errors.

There are many more reasons why this solution backfired spectacularly. I came to the inevitable conclusion: its very nature means that it cannot work reliably. That's why I removed it. I used to have the reasons for removal in the documentation until less than two years ago. Using a regular CRON job or a remote service is the best way and reliable way to schedule backups.

Best backup tool out there


Posted on 23 August 2018
Functionality

Works perfect

Ease of use

1 minute and you know how it works

Support
Documentation

Useful docu

I used this to: Backup my websites

Functionality

Nothing to say !! do the job and more , profiles feature was very cool and useful.

Ease of use

Easy for me

Support

Didn't need it

Documentation

Didn't need it

I used this to: To do backups for my website

Functionality

Fast and efficient. This extension already saved me from a lot of headaches.

Ease of use

Easy to use. With just the automatic configuration wizard and a click of a button you have a backup.

Documentation

It helped me a lot with some problems I had while restoring one of my sites.

I used this to: Daily backups for all my websites.

Great


Posted on 17 July 2018
Functionality

Great

Ease of use

It is user friendly

Admin Tools

Admin Tools

Free | Site Security | Akeeba Ltd
3 4 Alpha
Score:
100
195 reviews
Admin Tools is a true Swiss Army knife for your site. Our freely available Admin Tools Core will detect, notify you about new Joomla! releases, fix your files' and directories' permissions, protect your administrator directory with a password, change your database prefix, migrate links pointing to your old domain on-the-fly and perform database maintenance, all with a single click. Written and maintained by the same developer as Akeeba Backup and the Joomla! updater component of Joomla! 2.5.4 and later. Note: a commercial edition (Admin Tools Professional) with extra security-oriented features is also available from our site for a fee. This listing is about the free version, Admin Tools Core. Note 2: The software is free of charge, its support is not. You need a subscription to request support. However, its documentation, the troubleshooting wizard and searching the public tickets is free.
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Admin Tools Professional

Admin Tools Professional

Paid download | Site Security | Akeeba Ltd
3 4 Alpha
Score:
100
149 reviews
From the makers of Akeeba Backup Core/Professional and Admin Tools Core, this is the enhanced release of Admin Tools, available on a subscription basis. On top of what Admin Tools Core already offers, Admin Tools Professional has these exclusive features: - Security tightening .htaccess (Apache), nginx.conf (NginX) and web.config (IIS) file generator with a simple yet powerful user interface - Restrict administrator with a secret URL parameter - Web Application Firewall to block common exploits (SQL injection, XSS, DFI, RFI, malicious user agent, CSRF/spam-bot protection, uploads scanner etc) - Bad word filtering - IP Whitelisting for the administrator section - IP Blacklisting - Geographic block (deny access to specific countries/continents) - Modification of Generator meta tag and other sensitive HTTP headers - Email on administrator login - Block front-end Super Administrator log-in - Block Super Administrator user modification - Block extensions installation - Block visual fingerprinting (tmpl, template and tp URL parameters) - Integration of the Bad Behavior anti-spam library - Project Honeypot IP blacklist integration - Automatic IP blocking of repeat offenders - Email notifications of all detected security issues - URL redirections (exclusive support for query parameters!) - Scheduled site maintenance operations The software is GPL; buying a single subscription you can install it on as many sites as you want and keep it running even after your subscription expires, without encrypted code, domain limitations or other such nuisances.
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Akeeba LoginGuard

Akeeba LoginGuard

Free | Access & Security | Akeeba Ltd
3
Score:
94
1 review
A real Two Step Verification system for Joomla! Security experts agree that the first step to securing your site against unauthorized access is using a second step during the login process. Joomla 3.2 and later offer Two Factor Authentication which requires you to enter a security code along with your password to log into your site. However, Two Factor Authentication is susceptible to spoofing attacks. Moreover it does not let you use any second factor which is not a text code known to you before you login. The solution to that is Two Step Verification. You login with just your username and password. However, at this point, you have a "captive login" and you cannot use the site unless you provide your second authentication factor. This could be a text code generated by Google Authenticator like what Joomla already allows, or something impossible to use with core Joomla such as a text code sent to you by SMS or push notification or even a secure hardware token following the FIDO U2F (Universal Second Factor) standard. After providing and validating the second factor your login becomes full features and you can use the site. This is very much like what Google does when you try to login to GMail; or what happens when you log into GitHub; or how Apple handles login to iCloud. Akeeba LoginGuard currently supports the following second factors: * Authenticator App (Google Authenticator, Authy, 1Password etc) * YubiKey * U2F (any USB or NFC token following the U2F protocol will do, including the cheap Amazon ones) * Pushbullet (only with a paid PushBullet account) * SMS Text Message (you need a paid subscription to the supported SMS service; read the documentation) * Email * Fixed Code (ONLY FOR DEMONSTRATION - this is the same as using a password; don't use on production sites) This extension is brought to you by the same people who wrote Joomla's Two Factor Authentication feature.
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Akeeba SocialLogin

Akeeba SocialLogin

Free | Site Access | Akeeba Ltd
3 4 Alpha
Score:
0
0 reviews
Allow your users to log in with their social media profile (Facebook, Twitter etc) Creating an account at a Joomla site is a rather strenuous process. You have to fill in a form, wait for an email to come, click on a link which doesn't work on mobile devices, figure out how to copy it to your browser and only then can you log in. Logging in is also problematic: you need to remember the username and password you had used to register the account. If not, you have to go not one but two convoluted processes to be reminded of your username and reset your password. Either of these processes is required every time you want a visitor to interact with your site in a more permanent manner, be it leaving a comment to an article or purchasing something from you. How many engagements and sales have you lost to that outdated process? How many people have given up on your site because they can't handle Yet Another Login? If only there was a better way... Well, now that you said it, there is. Most people use a social network such as Facebook, Twitter, LInkedIn, GitHub etc. All of these networks allow their members to use their profiles to log in on third party sites. This what SocialLogin brings to your site: allow your visitors to log in and (optionally) register a user account on your site by using their social media accounts. SocialLogin supports logging in with the following services: * Facebook * Twitter * Google * GitHub More services will be added in due time. The best thing about this software? It's free, it's tiny, it's fast and it's written by web site security professionals!
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Akeeba Backup

Version:
6.0.1
Developer:
Akeeba Ltd
Last updated:
Mar 06 2018
Date added:
Jun 05 2007
License:
GPLv2 or later
Type:
Free download
Includes:
Compatibility:
3 4 Alpha
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