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Replacing Lazybackup 2 with Akeeba plugin

Almost ten months ago, I reviewed Lazybackup2, giving it good marks.  In a comment, however, someone pointed me in the direction of a better back-up tool: Akeeba Backup.

For months, I’ve been using both of them next to each other, since Lazybackup 2 seemed to be the easiest way to create daily database back-ups.  That was until I discovered a plug-in which Akeeba installs automatically.  In today’s post, I’m going to teach you how to configure this plugin to replace Lazybackup2.

Installation

Well, there’s no need to install anything. If you’ve got Akeeba Backup (Core or Pro) installed, the plug-in has been installed for you.  Yes, I missed the plug-in at first, too. But now that you know that it’s there, let’s learn to put it to good use!

Configuring  a new profile

First, we need to create a new Akeeba Backup profile, by following the steps below.

1.  Go to Components > Akeeba Backup.

2. Next, go to “Profile Management”.  Add a new Profile and give it an easy to recognize name, e.g Lazy SQL back-ups, and go back to the Control Panel.

3.  Switch the “Active Profile” to the one you just created, and click “Configuration”

4.  Under “Basic Configuration”, select the “back-up type”.  Select “Main Site Databases only”.

That’s just one part of the configuration.  Lazybackup2 fans appreciate how the databases are mailed to them and land in their inbox every day.  So, let’s make sure that Akeeba’s backups end up in your inbox as well!

1.  Still on the configuration screen, go to “Advanced configuration”.  Under “Data processing engine”, select “send by e-mail”.

2.  Click “settings”, and provide the required data (your e-mail adress etc. etc.)

2.  Save this configuration – you’re done here.

Configuring the plug-in (scheduling the back-up)

1.  Go to extensions > Plug-ins

2.  Find the “Akeebabackup Lazy Scheduling Plugin” (Search word: Akeeba).

3.  There are five parameters to set.  Configure the plug-in as you see fit, and don’t remember to enable it!

4.  Watch the back-ups appear in your inbox.  Since this plug-in is triggered by ‘visitors’, in theory it’s possible that a back-up will never be made.  In reality, you’ll obviously have at least one visitor a day.  If you don’t… why are you bothering making back-ups, mate? 😉

And that’s it!  Go ahead and give it a try.  Lazybackup2 is / was a great tool, but why install another tool if you’re already using Akeeba Backup, right?

As always, comments / tips / suggestions are appreciated.

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  1. Thanks for this post. I didn’t know that Akeeba had incorporated that plugin. Really interesting interactions generated by this blog. Keep it up.

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