Here are the most commonly asked questions about the Akeeba backup file we send to our clients.
They can be used to restore your site if your hosting goes down, domain expires, or you accidentally break your website. It is also a copy of all the work that you paid YellowWebMonkey to do
Akeeba Backup creates a site backup that can be restored on almost any hosting. It creates a full backup of your site in a single archive. The archive contains all the files, a database snapshot and an installer similar in function to the standard Joomla! installer.
Our maintenance clients have weekly or monthly backups run of thier site depending on the plan.
JPA is a file format that zips every file and the site database into one file.
Manually downloading all the files is not an effective use of time or disk space. Typically, sites have around 4000 files and that would require a massive amount of space on a compluter or cloud storage platform.
Simply download and keep in a safe place ensuring you can retrieve it if you are ever asked for it.
The easiest way is to hire a web designer like YellowWebMonkey because a simple process for an experienced designer/programmer. If you are tech savvy you can use this tool: https://www.akeebabackup.com/products/akeeba-kickstart.html}
Depending on how big your site is Akeeba may break the backup into parts to prevent any timeouts while running the backup. If this happens you must upload all parts: .jpa, .j01, .j02, etc.