Akeeba Backup 5.0 was written from scratch. Despite testing it fully, several major bugs were overlooked and others introduced through subsequent releases.
We apologize for having to release five versions in a little over a week. Akeeba Backup 5 was a complete rewrite of our software. No matter the amount of testing, when something is rewritten you tend to bump to unexpected issues (like half of the hosts out there lacking a feature that was added in PHP ten years ago) or miss a few use cases.
Version 5.0.4 introduced a bug where automatic restoration failed, as two files which didn’t belong there were being included in the backup archive as part of the restoration script. All backups taken in version 5.0.4 will fail after the final restoration step, unless you remove the affected files. Despite that the restored site will function properly.
Yes, you can still restore your backups! After extracting the backup using Kickstart please delete the files installation/platform/steps.php and installation/platform/iniprocess.php using FTP or your site's control panel before clicking the Run the Installation button.
We understand 5 releases in the space of two weeks is a bit extreme. It’s very inconvenient for you, for which we apologize. (Trust us, it’s not fun on this end either.)
In the current dev release (available below), we have thoroughly tested Akeeba Backup once again. However, prior to releasing it as a stable version 5.1, we would like to request your help in beta testing it. (We’re only human, though often we wish otherwise.)
We consider the following beta stable enough to be used on live sites. Please use them and do report any issues you may encounter on Twitter or through our contact form. While we can't promise to reply to each one of you personally do rest assured that we do read all of your contact requests and act on them.
To update to the beta release 5.1.0.b1, please follow these instructions:
Due to changes in the packaging format and / or issues in the updater, you cannot update automatically from Akeeba Backup for WordPress versions 1.0 through 1.8.2 (inclusive) to version 1.9.0.b1 and beyond. You will have to do that manually.
Heads up! You must NOT uninstall or deactivate the plugin before the update. Doing so may result in loss of your backup settings and / or your backup archives. Instead, here's what to do:
akeebabackupwpfolder into your site's
wp-content/plugins/akeebabackupwpfolder, overwriting your existing files, using FTP or SFTP. Please note that the name of the folder on your site may be different than
akeebabackupwp (1)or something similar. It depends on how you installed the plugin.
You will only need to do this once, upgrading to version 1.9.0.b1 or later for the first time.
For future updates:
Whenever a new beta or stable release is available you will be able to install it on your site through the integrated updater.
You can tell the updater to look for beta and stable releases.