Basic configuration

The most essential step is to download and install the Akeeba Solo / Akeeba Backup Professional application on your server. Please follow the step-by-step installation instructions. You should try to take your first, non-cloud backup to make sure that everything is in working order. If something goes wrong, just post as much information you can on our support ticket system. We will get back to you usually in 24-48 hours.

Provided that you are logged in to your Akeeba Solo / Akeeba Backup main page click on the Configuration button. This will bring you to a quite lengthy configuration page. Locate the Archiver Engine setting in the pane titled Advanced Configuration. Click the button labeled Configure… next to it in order for the detailed settings to display. You should get something like this:

JPA Format settings for cloud backup

We will have to change just one option: Part size for archive splitting. Select the "Custom..." option and type in 20 in the text box that appears to the right of the drop-down. This setting will split our backup archive into multiple files, the maximum size of each one being the value of this setting.

You might wonder why we need to do that. PHP always has a strict time limit, i.e. the maximum time a PHP page may process data before the web server aborts it. Uploading the backup archives to cloud storage takes time, the exact amount of which depends on the size of the file and the network speed. The time limit and the bandwidth are beyond our control, so we can change the only parameter we can touch in order to avoid timeouts: the file size. Akeeba Solo / Akeeba Backup Professional is smart enough to upload each part of the backup archive on a PHP page load of each own, so as to avoid timing out.


Backup restoration is equally easy even when your backup archive is split in small chunks. Our software will automatically figure out that you are using a split backup archive and process all backup archive parts automatically, without requiring any additional input from you.