With the release of Akeeba Backup 7 there are some changes in the support of remote backup generation.
The developers of Akeeba Backup have removed the ability to generate and access backups remotely from non-Professional versions of Akeeba Backup. You will therefore need to install Akeeba Backup Professional on your client sites in order to generate and check your site backups from YourSites.
The developers had not anticipated that this functionality would be used in the free releases of Akeeba. I quote:
Over the years some Professional features had accidentally ended up in the Core version -- the accidental nature of the transition is why they were still listed as Pro-only in our product pages. This made sense neither for us nor the target audience of the Core version of the software. Giving less reason to users who can plausibly afford a subscription to buy one has had a negative effect both on the sustainability of the project as well as our ability to contribute back to the Joomla and WordPress community, either financially (sponsorships) or with our personal time. We hate freeloading off the community; it's unethical.
You can read more about these changes here https://www.akeebabackup.com/news/1726-akeeba-backup-7.html
There is a bug in Akeeba Backup (prior to version 6.6.0) which cause the restoration of a backup of your YourSites server to fail. The Akeeba developers very quickly resolved the issue after we raised a ticket. All users of Akeeba Backup are advised to upgrade to the latest version. This bug only affects backups of the YourSites server and does not affect backups of client sites in any way.
In a very short time we released V1.7.5 -> 1.7.8 of our very popular YourSites component to manage multiple Joomla! and Wordpress sites.
Version 1.7.5 came with some new features and significant performance gains within the list views when viewing hundreds of sites. Great! however, we started getting reports of complete lockups of the extensions view, sites view and even the backups view. This really concerned us, we had done our pre-release testing on a variety of configurations - some on local servers and some remote and had not encountered these issues. Strangely, after the reports started to come in, we found that the problems seem to be related to the speed of the internet connection - a user with full fibre broadband was seeing a problem and another on a 3G mobile phone connection to the same YourSites server was not seeing the issue.
You can now manage your WordPress/ClassicPress sites alongside your Joomla sites.
Perhaps most excitingly you can now set site specific backup times - you can set a schedule of backups, monthly, weekly or daily selecting specific dates/days and time(s) and we include suggested cronjob interval information on the config page.
One of the issues that our users encounter in making the transition to YourSites from the myJoomla online service - is cleaning up the database tables left behind when uninstalling the myJoomla plugin from their client sites.
YourSites version 1.1.0 improves the way we validate calls from the YourSites server to the client sites so as to avoid a theoretical timing attack (see http://php.net/manual/en/function.hash-hmac.php#111435). This risk was, however, negligible in version 1.0.0 since each hash was only used once (see below for more detail) and due to the high variability of timing of web requests.
We love every single one of our users, without you YourSites simply couldn't happen! So we would love a review at the Joomla! JED so we can let others know about us too, please take a minute to write a review:
If you feel you have something negative to say, we would implore you to speak to us first, as we really really don't want anyone to be unhappy!