Friday, July 11, 2008

"JoomlaCloner" - backup and restore

JoomlaCloner is a backup and restore component designed for Joomla!
By it's name, the purpose is to give users possibility to clone their Joomla installation and move it over the internet on any location!

The follower, XCloner 2.0 is the new upgrade for JoomlaCloner, and it's a standalone and Joomla 1.5 native component!

Frontend Features:

  • Share custom backups with your users
  • Users have the possibility to automatically transfer the custom clone to their host by using a simple ftp form
  • Users can automatically restore the transferred clone by using the provided restore script we provide and which we transfer automatically among with the clone

Backend Features:

  • Create full or partial backups based on your input
  • Create ZIP or TAR backups based on your configuration input
  • Possibility to create incremental backups, so you avoid the time limit problems on php script executions
  • Possibility to exclude components, modules, mambots from your generated clone
  • Possibility to exclude directory and files from the backup, manually or through cron settings(AJAX powered)
  • Create backups based on a cron task, created backups can be stored on the local server, remotely through ftp or emailed to a custom email account
  • Possibility to run multiple cronjobs, based on different configuration files
  • Ability to manage existing backups, rename/delete/move, publish to user frontend for sharing
  • Possibility to clone any backup to another location, it can be done automatically by using the server ftp function or manually
  • Configuration area lets you choose on how to generate backups based on your server possibilities
  • You can choose to create backups by using only PHP, or by also using some server utilities to speed things up

Restore Features:
  • The generated clone of JoomlaCloner can be restored on a totally different server, with new server and mysql details- Restore both ZIP or TAR archives
  • Restore script is independent from the main component and Joomla and can be run on any host
  • Full restore of a clone made with JoomlaCloner
  • Ability to restore the original files and directories permissions
  • Automatic re-write of the new host settings to the configuration file
  • Ability to import the clone using either a ftp simulated sessions, or direct restore through php
  • Possibility to exclude database from importing
  • Ability to restore multiple clones to different locations, and also restore multiple database backups from the same clone

My Review

I bought this yesterday based on the reviews I read here. I needed something to backup my Joomlasite and my PHPBB forum simultaneously, files and databases as I recently had huge issues with files being corrupted and off course I only had old manually made backups...... The new Xcloner package does this for you, automatically, painlessly and without a hitch.

If you want to add multiple or non Joomla databases, just make sure to add an SQL user to be able to read the forum database and all you need to do next is select the extra databases you want in the Xcloner configuration...PRESTO!! Automation of backups comes through cron and I did have some trouble setting that up, but that was not Xcloners' fault, it was my lack of knowledge on cron. The documentation could be a little more newbie proof on that end perhaps.

Another neat little feature to mention is the button to exclude the backup folder from your backups without having to configure excludes manually.

Right after I installed the component, I did run into an error, but this was resolved very quickly by the author after I sent a ticket. I sent this in the evening here in Canada, and he replied in a couple of minutes, it must have been late in the night in Europe so I didn't expect an answer till the next morning, so again....hats off.

All in all, highly recommended for Joomla and non-Joomla sites.

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