Release date: 25 January 2024.
Akeeba Backup 9.8.5 is a bug fix release for Joomla! 4 and 5.
See link below for Release Notes.
Akeeba recommend using the latest version of a currently supported PHP branch which is marked as being in ‘active development’.
Heads up for users of Joomla! 4
The developer states:
- We will provide full support for Joomla! 4.4 until October 15th, 2024.
- We will only provide security updates and very limited support until October 15th, 2025.
Heads up for users of Joomla! 3.10
The developer states:
- The versions of our software for Joomla! 3.10 will only receive security updates and very limited support until August 17th, 2024.
Akeeba Backup v8.x will continue to work for a period of time after you migrate your website from Joomla! 3.10 to Joomla! 4.
The developer does however recommend that you migrate Akeeba Backup from v8.x to v9 (or later) after completing the Joomla! migration.
Migration from Akeeba Backup v8.x to v9.x is straightforward, namely, follow the on-screen instructions when you install the new version.
Be aware of the following tasks that will be required after you migrate an existing Akeeba Backup installation to v9 (or later).
1) You will need to re-configure Akeeba Backup after migrating.
The new installation will not be configured with the custom configuration (if any) used by your previous installation.
For example, the location of the Output Directory (to be used for storing backup archives) and the Count Quota (how many backup archives to store at any one time).
2) Check that you have downloaded and/or remotely stored all previous Backup Archives created using the old version before uninstalling it.
Apparently, there is a risk when uninstalling the old v8.x Backup Package that previous Backup Archives might be deleted.
More about migrating from v8.x to v9.x in the User Manual on the developer's website.
The Release Notes issued with v7.3.1 explain that this plugin is an anachronism i.e. redundant.
And state that the plugin is removed.
We have not yet seen, however, an instance when the plugin has been automatically uninstalled on update.
It can however be uninstalled manually via the Extensions > Manage screen of the Joomla! CMS.
Need help configuring and using Akeeba Backup?
Try reading our JOOMLERS.UK User Guide article at the following link.
Back up before updating any 3rd Party Joomla! extension
Any update can break your website.
Perform a full backup of your website (database and files) before installing any update.
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