updates, usually pertaining to a website. Sometimes, such a list is referred to
as an ‘audit trail’, or ‘audit log’, but the concept remains the same.
track every ‘action’ that happens on a site. When it comes to WordPress, this
usually includes events in the admin dashboard such as creating and editing
content, installing plugins, configuring the site’s settings, changing user
profiles and much more. However, a log can also track activities from a site’s
users, such as login attempts and comments.
complete trail of all activity on your site can be useful. Let’s dig a little
deeper into the specific benefits.
manifold. For such a simple concept, it has a large array of uses, so let’s
look at some of the most prominent ones.
changes on your site. Since it lets you see exactly who make a certain
alteration and when they did it, you make it impossible for malicious users to
avoid being found out.
used to improve security. For example, since you can track login attempts, you
can quickly see if somebody is trying to gain access to your site via a ’brute
easier it makes troubleshooting errors and WordPress technical issues. If a
problem with the site occurs, you can simply refer to your log to see what
happened at that time. This makes it significantly faster to diagnose errors
and find their source, because otherwise it is like looking for a needle in a
when it comes to meeting specific regulatory
standards. One of the most prominent is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which
requires you to document and process all activities that happen on your WordPress
Management System (CMS) such as WordPress is you can add almost any type of
functionality to your site by installing a plugin. The same applies to activity
logs. While there are several plugins for this specific purpose, none are as
comprehensive or easy to use as the WP
Security Audit Log plugin:
log on your WordPress site. You can even decide how detailed you want the log
to be, whether that’s including every minor event, or focusing on the more
with the free version. You can also jump straight
into using the premium edition if you need features such as email
notifications, WordPress reports and activity log integration tools.
greeted by a configuration wizard:
taking you through a series of steps. For example, the first option lets you
select the level of detail you want your log to include:
want to keep the log data saved:
the activity log. By default, the only users that can see the log are
administrators, but you can provide access to specific users or set one or more
user roles as well:
certain information from the log. For instance, you could specify users, roles,
or even IP addresses, which will not include any of their actions in the final
log will start to track your site. You can view it yourself by navigating to Audit Log > Audit Log Viewer:
successfully, as well as changes made to tags, posts, user profiles, WordPress
site settings and more. The log reports the exact time and date, the IP address
the change was logged from, and additional information that spells out what the
change entailed in clear English.
major the change was and how much it affects your site. These stretch from
simple Notice events, such as adding
a tag or posting a comment, to Warning
and High level events, which cover
changes made to themes, plugins, posts, and more.
important events, while providing you with clear descriptions of how each one
has affected the site. With this at your disposal, you’ll have more control and
insight into what happens on your site than ever before!