backup for joomlaAfter many hours, days, weeks, months . . . years of working on your pride and joy a must-have is a backup package that will backup your Joomla!® powered website.

In no particular order there are many benefits to taking regular backups of your working website:

  • An update goes wrong - you need to restore the last known working copy of your website
  • An accidental deletion of one or more articles, or one or more extensions gets deleted
  • Sever failure leading to a non-retrievable site
  • Moving your website from one server to another - either with a new web-host or the same web-host
  • Creating a "clone" of your live website in order to test new extensions or test existing extensions before that extension is updated / upgraded

UsingJoomla.com highly recommends using Linking SmallAkeeba Backup for Joomla Akeeba Backup for Joomla is a multi-award winning Joomla extension.

You have a choice between two versions:

  • Core - free
  • Professional - the for-a-fee (aka: paid for) version

J3There are differences in what you get with each version (Core or Pro) which can be seen in the Akeeba Backup for Joomla table below which refers to Akeeba Backup Core versus Akeeba Backup Pro version 8.2.5 which is the latest version as at 17th January 2023 for Joomla 3.10.x

J4Please be aware that with the release of Joomla 4 - different versions of Akeeba Backup are available for use with Joomla 4. For Joomla 4.1.x the latest Akeeba Backup version is 9.4.7 released on 17th January 2023.

The Akeeba Backup package for Joomla "Core" versus "Pro" comparison table below will be updated, as soon as possible, with new releases of the software. You are always advised to use the latest possible version of this software whether this be "Core" or "Pro".

While We endeavour to be accurate and up-to-date - if there is any doubt about the features, the final point of reference should be made directly to the Linking SmallAkeeba Backup Product Page

* Credit to Akeeba Limited. The table below is produced here with kindness and knowledge of Akeeba Limited who have allowed usage of such a comparison table.

Akeeba Backup for Joomla    
Features Core
(Free)
Pro
(Paid)

Direct server-to-server transfer of your site

Yes Yes

One Click Backup
Backup your entire website and database with a single click

Yes Yes

Restoration script included in backup archive

Yes Yes

Local Quota Management

Yes Yes

Remote quota management

No Yes

Automatic Configuration Wizard
Fine tune the configuration to your server set-up

Yes Yes

Multiple formats available
Including jpa and zip

Yes Yes

Front-end backups
Allows CRON scheduled backups and remote backups

No Yes
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Features Core
(Free)
Pro
(Paid)

Manage Backups
Allows you to download backups

Allows you to delete backups

Yes Yes

Exclusions
Select directories to exclude from backup

Select files to exclude from backup

Yes Yes

Restore a backup from within the component

Yes Yes

Create multiple Profiles
Useful when configuring different backups

For example:
One profile to create a jpa backup, and another profile to create a zip backup.

Yes Yes

Cloud backups

No Yes

Send Backup archives to any:

SFTP Server
FTP Server
FTPS Server

No Yes

Store backup at storage providers including:
  • DropBox
  • Amazon S3
  • Box.com
  • pCloud
  • WebDav Support
  • OpenStack Support
  • iDriveSync Support
  • SugarSync
  • Google Drive
  • OVH Support
  • and many more
No Yes
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Features Core
(Free)
Pro
(Paid)

Remote quota management
Prevents your Cloud Server from getting too full

No Yes

Receive backup archives via email

No Yes

Backup archive encrypting
With 128-bit AES encryption

No Yes

Backup ONLY your site database or ONLY your files

No Yes

Incremental files-only backup

No Yes

Regular Expressions (PCRE) file, directory and database filters
PCRE = Perl Compatible Regular Expressions

No Yes

Automatically exclude non-Joomla database tables

No Yes

Include extra MySQL databases in backup set

No Yes
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Features Core
(Free)
Pro
(Paid)

Include off-site directories in backup set

No Yes

Import arbitrary backup archives

No Yes

Native command-line php scripts
Useful for CRON scheduling backup tasks

No Yes

Fully unattended backup restoration
Using Akeeba UNiTE command line scripts

No Yes
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UsingJoomla.com suggests trying the Core version - this will give you a feel for how Akeeba Backup for Joomla works - please bear in mind though that "professional version only" features will be missing.

If you want to read up on official documentation you can read the very thorough Linking SmallAkeeba Backup for Joomla guide.

Any questions, before purchasing the Professional version, can be asked via the Linking SmallAkeeba Contact Us Page.

Akeeba Backup for Joomla is a website installable extension - simply downloading the package to your computer or laptop does not install Akeeba Backup onto your website - so you can safely select the download button knowing that you are not (yet) doing anything on your website.

The Akeeba Backup for Joomla guide mentioned above includes instructions on installation - I shall not repeat the perfect documentation in this article.

On deciding to purchase a Professional subscription of Akeeba Backup for your Joomla powered website - if you have read this far we think it is a fair conclusion that you are, or will be, using Joomla then perhaps it might be wise to choose the Akeeba Backup for Joomla package - there is a separate package for WordPress and a further separate Standalone package.

An additional item from the same developer is useful when restoring, or transferring a backup: Akeeba Kickstart.

Akeeba Kickstart does not restore your site - kickstart simply extracts your backup archive, while Akeeba Backup for Joomla creates a backup of your site plus includes a restoration script inside the backup archive, once the archive is extracted by Kickstart, the archive inbuilt restoration script takes over.

Kickstart is also available in two versions: Core and Professional.

The core version is free, access to the Professional version of kickstart is included in your Akeeba Backup Professional for Joomla subscription.

You can read an Linking SmallOverview of Akeeba Kickstart.

And for a more in-depth read there is the Linking SmallAkeeba Kickstart guide.

If you decide to buy a subscription to Akeeba Backup Professional for Joomla - once logged in to the akeebabackup.com site, you will see a "My Downloads" link in your user menu - the "My Downloads" section should show a link to download your "Pro" version of Akeeba Backup for Joomla and a separate download link for Akeeba Kickstart professional.

Akeeba Kickstart is not a package that gets installed within Joomla! - Kickstart has to be extracted locally (on your computer or laptop for example), and at least one specific file from the extracted package transferred to your server site location when a site restore or transfer is imminent.

There is good news for loyal Akeeba customers - when you come to renew your subscription at the end of your 1 year period - there is a healthy renewal discount - so long as you renew in the last few days of your current subscription.

Tips

When you have taken your website backup, usingjoomla.com recommends taking the following steps:

Download your backup file(s)
via ftp to your local PC (computer) or laptop, always use "Binary" mode of transfer / download - using ASCII can cause backup corruption.

"Copy" your downloaded backup to another physically different location
This can be an internal hard-drive or external (portable) hard-drive. Here at usingjoomla.com we store each backup on five physically different hard-drives. Multiple copies stored in physically separate locations helps cover your bases if you experience local hard-drive failure or backup deletion. If you are using Akeeba Backup for Joomla there are even options to "Post-Process" which involves Akeeba Backup uploading your backup to your Dropbox or Amazon storage account.

Delete the backup stored within your website
This achieves two things: 1)You are not consuming a potentially large amount of your Hosting account disk space with one or more backups. 2) If the worst happens - someone else gets access to your backup.

Test your backup / Make sure your backup works !
Trying to restore your backup to your live site location is not the time to find out there are issues with your backup. Carry out a backup restore in a test / development directory, or locally using a package such as XAMPP which allows you to create a server environment on your local PC or laptop.

Keep your backups from as long a period as you can
Here at usingjoomla.com we keep backups from at least the last 12 months.


Summary:

linkAkeeba Backup for Joomla

linkAkeeba Contact Us Page (Pre-sales questions can be asked via the Akeeba Contact Us page).

linkAkeeba Backup for Joomla guide.

linkAkeeba Support Forum

linkOverview of Akeeba Kickstart

linkAkeeba Kickstart Guide


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