Joomla is second only to WordPress when it comes to the most popular blogging platform. As such, several thousand new Joomla sites are appearing online every day. Whether you’re an experienced webmaster or new to website building and management, having adequate backup capabilities is critical, no matter the purpose of your website or the data/content that you’re featuring on there.
If you opt for a Joomla website, you can use many high quality extensions to ensure your backup is secure and know that you’re always able to get your information if your site should be compromised in any way.
Here are the top five and reasons why you should consider using them.
Akeeba produces a number of extensions for Joomla, and if you’ve been using Joomla for a while it is likely you’ve come across Akeeba before. Their backup extension is definitely one of the best available, demonstrated by the near five million downloads it has had since 2006.
Akeeba is easy to set up and install, and it’ll even configure itself if you’re a novice and don’t want to do anything that you’re not confident dealing with. Your whole site can be backed up in one click, and its useful should the day ever come where you want to leave Joomla, or are staying with the platform but migrating to another server.
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Although XCloner was initially designed to make server migration easy when using Joomla, there is no doubt it is an excellent piece of software for creating and storing backups. XCloner also works with WordPress, and is also available as a standalone plugin should you be using hosting and a native content management system elsewhere.
This extension will also send your backups to a cloud account of your choice, enabling you to ensure the best possible levels of security at all times.
Don’t be fooled by the name of this extension, it is definitely not a lazy piece of software! You have the option to have backups emailed to you when they’re completed, or alternatively they can be saved to a database for you to download when you need to access them. You are also able to manage your backups from your Joomla panel if you need to, and although one of the older Joomla extensions, LazyDbBackup is still a useful one.
This extension is easy to set up and use, and the wealth of options available, particularly the archives that you can keep, makes it one of the better extensions for those who might be prone to making changes to their website before deciding they don’t like them. If you have website problems that amount to you being unable to access your Joomla admin panel, you can still download your backup using PHPMyAdmin, while this extension also cleans and optimizes your database to keep everything running as efficiently as possible.
The name is simple, and so is the extension. You only have two options to deal with, which is to create or retrieve a backup, and everything else is done for you.
Choose one of these backup extensions for your Joomla website and you’ll be safe in the knowledge that any potential problems can be dealt with quickly and effectively, ensuring your site is fixed as soon as possible and you minimise any losses.
Author Bio: Peter is a regular user of Joomla, having launched several websites using the popular content management system. He uses managed VPS hosting to get the best possible performance from his websites alongside a number of high quality Joomla extensions.