Interesting plugin to keep track of changes in WordPress

If you are one of those who manages several websites, either as a webmaster or owner or you have collaborators who access the dashboard to perform various tasks related to publishing, modifying configurations, installing / uninstalling plugins, themes, etc., surely you will. what else you’re worried about is having a change control Right?.

Having control of what a certain user did with administrator or collaborator privileges, or what changes you made at a certain time by installing, uninstalling or editing a certain file that caused problems on the web, will help you better determine the origin of the same and solve the problem. change made in a more surgical way and without the need to restore backup copies.

One of the many advantages of change control is to have immediate access to event log And if you don’t have access to the dashboard because the problem affected its visibility, always you can check the change log from a private Feed or RSS to help you determine the source of the problem and resolve it to regain control of your WordPress website.

What can i see with Simple History?

  • Post and pages: See who added, updated, or deleted an entry or page.
  • Attachments: See who added, updated, or deleted an attachment.
  • Comments: view edited, approved, or deleted comments.
  • Widgets: Get information when someone adds, updates, or deletes a widget in a sidebar.
  • Plugins: installation, activation or deactivation.
  • User profiles: information about users added, updated or deleted.
  • User logins: See when a user started or logged out.
  • User login failed: See when someone has tried to log in, but failed. The record will then include the IP address of the attempted access.

The plugin works well on installs multisites WordPress.

Example of log in the dashboard.

Example of log through a private RSS feed or channel.

The plugin creates the following tables in the database:

  • wp_simple_history
  • wp_simple_history_contexts

These tables are saved in format InnoDB.

If you don’t clean the logs every certain time (week, month) it is possible that the table wp_simple_history_contexts Reach a number of important records depending on the activity on your website by users with privileges to perform tasks on the dashboard.

In the following video you will see how easy it is to install this plugin and see activity logs of all users of a WordPress website.

If yours is development or you have enough knowledge about it, you can add custom events to have control of certain actions using its API by calling the function simple_history_add () So:

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By |2020-05-12T09:11:58+00:00May 12th, 2020|WordPress Plugins|