How to Backup a Joomla Site (FREE)
- Download Akeeba Backup
- Install Akeeba Backup
- Create Joomla backup using Akeeba
- Download the backup to your computer
Downloading and Installing Akeeba Backup on your Joomla site
Firstly we need to download Akeeba Backup from the official website. You'll be provided with a zip file. Installing Akeeba Backup is like installing any other Joomla extensions.
You'll need to drop the zip file in Extensions > Manage > Install > Upload Package File. This will take care of the installation.
Creating Joomla website backup
Once you've successfully installed Akeeba Backup. You need to navigate to Components > Akeeba Backup.
You'll be prompted with the following window.
Clicking on the Configuration Wizard will configure Akeeba Backup automatically.
Two ways to take backup (Choose one)
As soon as the configuration finishes, you'll be presented with the following screen. Click on Backup Now.
You'll be presented with a new window asking for backup information. Please be informed, this information is not mandatory, you can skip them if you like. Finally, hit the Backup Now button.
When you are in the Akeeba Backup Control Panel (Components > Akeeba Backup) you can use the simple One Click Backup option.
Doing this will automatically create your backup.
Downloading Backup Data
When the backup is successfully created, you'll see the following screen appearing. Now click on the Manage Backups button.
This will take you to the page where you'll find the list of all backups. Now download your desired backup from the list.
Akeeba Backup is the most trusted backup solution for Joomla users. And the best part is, Akeeba Backup is a completely free (although they offer premium plans) Joomla website backup solution. Stay tuned to know how to restore a Joomla website using Akeeba Backup in a future article.