Step 1: Download and Install
As usual, you need to download the component from the Official Akeeba Backup website first. Then, login to your Joomla 3 admin area and navigate to Extensions -> Extension Manager.
Now, you need to install Akeeba Backup. The installation process is the same as for any other premium Joomla extension you've ever installed - click the Choose File button, select the .zip file you've downloaded from the Akeeba's official website and hit the Upload & Install button.
After few moments, the component will be installed on your Joomla 3 site and you will be brought to a page confirming that the installation was successful.
Now, you need to go to the Akeeba page in your Joomla backend by navigating to Components -> Akeeba Backup.
STEP 2: Create a Joomla backup with Akeeba.
Once you do that, you will see the Akeeba Backup main page. Here, you need to click on the Backup Now button.
On this page you will be provided with the ability to write short description and to add a comment for that backup. It is good practice to use the comments field so you can later know why you've created this backup. Finally, press the Backup Now! button to begin the backup process.
Once you click the button, the backup creation process will begin. You can monitor the backup progress while waiting for its completion.
IMPORTANT! Do not close this browser window unless the backup is completed. Doing so will interrupt the backup creation process and it will not be completed successfully!
When the Akeeba Backup is done with the backup creation, the screen will refresh and you'll be brought to a page showing that the process was successful. On this page, click on the Manage Backups button to proceed.
STEP 3: Download the backup to your Local Computer.
Here you will see a list of all the Joomla backups you've created using the Akeeba component. Find the one we've just created and click on the download icon on the right side of the page. The download of your archive will begin immediately.
INFORMATION: If you have a big Joomla website, Akeeba Backup will split your backup into archive parts. You need to download all the parts for the backup and in case you want to extract it - open the first one with your favorite archiving application.
Do you know how to create a backup of your Joomla site?
That's all three steps you need to do to have a complete backup of your Joomla site stored on your local hard drive! Simple, right? What are you waiting for to create your own one, huh?