Akeeba Backup Tutorial
The Akeeba Backup Component is a 3rd party extension that is an invaluable tool for maintaining the security of your website.
While you always want to believe that your site is safe from damage, server failures, bad components and hackers can paint a different picture. It's vitally important to have a backup plan for your site just in case something happens and you need to restore it.
1. Download the component
Download Akeeba Backup from the developer's website.
2. Install the component on your site
(see Installing Joomla Extensions tutorial for instructions)
3. Select Akeeba Backup from the components menu (figure 1).
4. Backup your site
From the main Akeeba control panel, click the Backup now button to backup your site (figure 2). If your system is not configured properly to store the backup, you may get an error at this point. Check the Akeeba Support Forum for information on how to configure the component properly.
From the backup screen, click the Backup Now button on the right to start the backup process (figure 3).
The system will then begin to backup your site. It gives you progress updates throughout the process (figure 4). If you encounter any errors at this point, check the Akeeba Support Forum for assistance.
5. Download the backup file
Once the backup is done, click the "administer backup files" button to download the backed up file (figure 5). It's important to download the file onto your computer. Having the backup on the server will do you no good if something happens to the server. Downloading it to your computer gives you an extra copy.
6. Restoring from your Akeeba Backup