Akeeba Backup is a full site backup solution for Joomla. It is a component that backs up everything in your Joomla directory as well as your Joomla database.
Akeeba Backup also makes restoring websites very easy using their Kickstart script. It takes a matter of minutes to get an entire website up and running again.
Akeeba Backup is one of the few components that is recommended for every Joomla website. Backing up your website is necessity. It's always smart to backup your site before making changes and updates.
Akeeba Backup is very flexible and gives you control of what information is backed up. You can override many of the preconfigured options which allows you to customize how you back up your files and databases.
One of the best functions of Akeeba Backup is using it to migrate sites. Using the Kickstart script, you can restore an entire site in just a couple of clicks. This is very helpful when developing a website on one server then moving it to a new one.
As most useful things, Akeeba Backup came to life almost by accident. It began its life in 2004 as a set of scripts to transfer Mambo sites between different servers. In November 2006 it transformed in a Joomla! component, then called JoomlaPack.
The first users realised that a subcase of site transfers – having the same source and target server – was especially useful: it would actually produce a full site backup. Based on that observation, JoomlaPack became well-known in the Joomla! world as both a backup component and the most convenient method to transfer sites between different servers.
Since December 2009 we changed the name of the project to Akeeba Backup and started offering for-a-fee versions with more advanced features. In the following years we enriched our components portfolio with a security extension (Admin Tools), a subscriptions manager (Akeeba Subscriptions) and a file repository extension for developers (Akeeba Release System) with more to come in 2013.
- Nicholas K. Dionysopoulos, Lead Developer and Owner of Akeeba Ltd.
There are many other settings that you will explore, but the list above is a large sample of all of the options. Learn more about Akeeba Backup.