Restoring a Joomla! site on any server using Akeeba Kickstart.
 Created: 27 January 2019  Last Update: 31 January 2019



A backup of your web site is only useful if you can restore it - perhaps you need to change your web host or even move the site from a development server to a live server.


Backup your Joomla! website


To begin with, take a brand new backup of your Joomla! website. (Akeeba must already be installed on your Joomla site)

Once the backup is complete, go to Manage Backups and download the .jpa backup file to your computer. (It’s best to download the backup file using FTP)

Now we've downloaded the backup file, we need an additional program called Kickstart, which you can find at the web site.


Download Akeeba Kickstart


You will find the Akeeba Kickstart here. Kickstart is a standalone program.

Select and click download to download the file to your computer. Here we can see that the Kickstart program is a zip file and we need to extract that.

We can see we now have a new folder with all the kickstart files in. The only one that you actually need is the kickstart.php file, all the rest are language translations.


Upload Akeeba Kickstart


We now need to transfer the kickstart.php and your backup to your brand new web host.

To do that we will use a FTP program. We are going to use filezilla, but you can use any FTP program that you like.

To begin with connect to your new server.

Once connected make sure you are in the public html or the web root of your server.

Now you need to transfer the backup file from your local computer to your live server. 

We now need to take that kickstart.php file and do exactly the same thing. Select it and upolad it (or drag it across). That's it with the filezilla for now, so let's go back to our web browser and go to our brand new web site.

As you can see there is a  holding page in place to show that the web site is "coming soon". So just go to the special url for kickstart.php. In the address bar of your browser type: mywebsite(dot)com/kickstart.php ( The kickstart program is now running.

Kickstart is NOT an installation program, it is a special archive extraction tool. Click here to remove this message and we can see that it has detected the archive file.

We have several methods of extracting the files.

On most good web hosts we can use the hybrid method.


Start the extraction process


Finally click START to begin the extract process.

Kickstart has now extracted the backup file and provides a link to the installer that was built in to the backup.

The installer is a very simple process. We begin with the required settings. As you can see they are all set to yes. If any are set to No you wont be able to proceed and you need to speak to your web hosts to rectify the errors.

We can now click Next. You now need to enter the database connection details that you have received from your web host. Enter the server hostname, which is usually localhost but that may depend on your hosting, and your DATABASE username and password. And finally the database name that you want to install your web site on. This is something that your host will have provided to you or you will have set up yourself within your hosts control panel.

And click next.

The restoration process of the database has now completed and we can click to continue.

We now have the opportunity, if we wish, to change the site name and the email address. In most cases, when you are restoring a site to the same server you won't need to do this.

If we scroll down there is also the opportunity to change the password and email address of the Super Administrator

Finally click Next again.


We're almost done!


The sites configuration has all been setup. Close this window to return to the Kickstart program and click on cleanup. This will remove the kickstart.php file and that big backup archive from your web space.

Now that we're done we can visit our web site and can see that the web site has now been transferred from our old hosting account to our new one.


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