This is the very first 3rd-party extension I install on every Joomla site Montano Designs develops. Akeeba offers a free version of this extension and a paid version. I purchased a license which the developer generously allows me to install on unlimited sites. For a mere $55 I can offer my clients easy to use back-up utilities. Included in this fee is the professional version of Akeeba Admin Tools (the second extension I install on every site).
Nikos works tirelessly to make certain his extensions simply work as advertised. I had the pleasure of meeting Nik at Joomla!Day Chicago and found him to be one of the most intelligent and hard working developers I've ever met. Even if he decided to make even the professional versions of his extensions free, I would still pay simply to encourage him to keep up the hard work.
Akeeba Backup has won the prestigious Administrator Only Extension J.O.S.C.A.R. Award at J and Beyond 2010.
"Akeeba Backup's superpowers don't stop at just backups! Our Professional version offers a complete arsenal of innovative features such as automatic System Restore Points when you're upgrading an extension, a site transfer wizard to move or copy your site between hosts and much more. We are redefining what is possible with Joomla! and we take a big pride in that!"