WP Activity Log

Description

THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE & EASY TO USE ACTIVITY LOG PLUGIN FOR WORDPRESS

Keep an activity log of everything that happens on your WordPress sites and multisite networks with the WP Activity Log plugin to:

  • Ensure user productivity
  • Improve user accountability
  • Ease troubleshooting
  • Know exactly what all your users are doing
  • Better manage & organize your WordPress site & users
  • Easily spot suspicious behavior before there are security problems.

WP Activity Log is the most comprehensive real time user activity and monitoring log plugin. It helps hundreds of thousands of WordPress administrators and security professionals keep an eye on what is happening on their websites and is the most highly rated WordPress activity log plugin.

WP Activity Log has been featured on the websites of some of the most popular and leading businesses in the WordPress ecosystem, such as WPBeginner, GoDaddy, and Kinsta.

Note: The activity log for WordPress is FREE and you can keep as much logs as you want. Additional features such as reports, email notifications, SMS alerts, search & filters, integrations with logs management system, and many others are available in the Premium Edition.

Maintained & Supported by WP White Security

WP White Security is a European development company that builds high-quality WordPress security & management plugins. Check out our list of WordPress plugins that can help you better manage and improve the security of your WordPress websites and users.

WordPress Changes & Details the Plugin Keeps a Log Of

As a comprehensive & complete WordPress activity log solution WP Activity Log does not just tell you that a post, a user profile, or an object was updated. It tells you exactly what was changed within the post, the user profile, or the object.

Below is a summary of the changes that the plugin can keep a record of:

  • Post, Page and Custom Post Type changes such as status, content changes, title, URL, custom field & other metadata changes

  • Tags and Categories changes such as creating, modifying or deleting them, and adding or removing them from posts

  • Widgets and Menus changes such as creating, modifying or deleting them

  • User changes such as user created or registered, deleted or added to a site on multisite network

  • User profile changes such as password, email, display name and role changes

  • User activity such as login, logout, failed logins and terminating other sessions

  • WordPress core and settings changes such as installed updates, permalinks, default role, URL and other site-wide changes

  • WordPress multisite network changes such as adding, deleting or archiving sites, adding or removing users from sites etc (activity logs for multisite networks).

  • Plugins and Themes changes such as installing, activating, deactivating, uninstalling and updating them

  • WordPress database changes such as when a plugin adds or removes a table

  • Changes on WooCommerce Stores & products, Yoast SEO, WPForms, Gravity Forms, Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), MainWP and other popular WordPress plugins.

  • WordPress site file changes such as new files are added, or existing ones are modified or deleted.

For every event that the plugin records it also reports the:

  • Date & time (and milliseconds) of when it happened,
  • User & role of the user who did the change,
  • Source IP address from where the change happened,
  • The object on which the change has taken place.

Refer to WordPress activity log event IDs for a complete list of all the changes WP Activity Log can keep a record of and a detailed explanation of what change every event ID represents.

Extend the Functionality of WP Activity Log

Upgrade to WP Activity Log Premium to:

  • See who is logged to your website in real-time,
  • See what everyone is doing in real-time,
  • Log off any user with just a click,
  • Generate HTML and CSV reports,
  • Get notified via email of important changes,
  • Get instant SMS message alerts of critical site changes,
  • Search the activity log using text-based searches,
  • Use the built-in filters to fine tune the search results,
  • Store activity log in an external database to improve security and scalability,
  • Mirror the activity log to logs management systems such as AWS CloudWatch, Loggly and Papertrail in real-time,
  • Easily mirror the logs in real-time to business communication systems such as Slack,
  • Send a copy of your websites’ activity log to a log file on your web server in real-time,
  • Archive old activity log data to another database for better storage and log management.

Refer to the features and benefits page for more detailed information on the features of the WP Activity Log plugin.

Free and Premium Support

Support for WP Activity Log is free on the WordPress support forums.

Premium world-class support is available via email to all WP Activity Log Premium users.

Note: paid customer support is given priority and is provided via one-to-one email and over the phone. Upgrade to Premium to benefit from priority support.

Other Noteworthy Features

On top of the comprehensive activity log, WP Activity Log also has a number of non-logging specific features that make it a complete WordPress logging solution, such as:

Refer to the WordPress activity log plugin datasheet for a complete list of all the plugin’s features.

As Featured On:

WP Activity Log extensions for third party plugins

WP Activity Log can keep also a detailed log of changes that happen on other plugins. Below is the list of the activity log extensions for third party plugins:

  • WP Activity Log for WooCommerce: Install this extension to keep a log of changes you and yourr team do in the WooCommerce store settings, orders, products, coupons and much more.
  • WP Activity Log for Yoast SEO: Install this extension to keep a log of the Yoast SEO plugin settings changes, and also of the on-page SEO changes you and your team make in the Yoast SEO meta box.
  • WP Activity Log for WPForms: Install this extension to keep a log of the changes your team does in the WPForms plugin settings, forms, form files, entries (leads) and more.
  • WP Activity Log for Gravity Forms: Install this extension to keep a log of the changes your team does in the Gravity Forms plugin settings, forms, forms settings, entries (leads) and more.
  • WP Activity Log for bbPress: Intall this extension to keep a log of changes in bbPress forums, topics, bbPress settings and more.
  • Activity Log for MainWP: Install this MainWP extension to keep a log of the MainWP network changes and can see the activity logs of all child sites from one central location – the MainWP dashboard.

Related Links and Documentation

WP Activity Log in your language!

We need help translating the plugin and the activity log events. Please visit the WordPress Translate Project to translate the plugin. Drop us an email on support@wpwhitesecurity.com to get mentioned in the list of translators below.

Install WP Activity Log from within WordPress

  1. Visit ‘Plugins > Add New’
  2. Search for ‘WP Activity Log’
  3. Install and activate the WP Activity Log plugin
  4. Allow or skip diagnostic tracking

Install WP Activity Log manually

  1. Upload the wp-security-audit-log directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the WP Activity Log plugin from the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Allow or skip diagnostic tracking

Screenshots

  • The WordPress activity logs from where the site administrator can see all the user and site changes.
  • See who is logged in to your WordPress and manage users sessions with Users Sessions Management
  • The plugin settings from where site administrator can configure generic plugin settings such as reverse proxy support, who can manage the plugin etc.
  • The WordPress audit trail settings from where you can configure automatic pruning of alerts, which timestamp should be used and more.
  • Configuring WordPress email and SMS alerts with the Email & SMS Notifications module
  • Search in the WordPress activity log with the use filters to fine tune the search results.
  • The Enable/Disable events section from where Administrators can disable or enable activity log events.
  • The Log Viewer of a Super Admin in a WordPress multisite network installation with the Site selection drop down menu.
  • WP Activity Log is integrated with the built-in revision system of WordPress, thus allowing you to see what content changes users make on your WordPress posts, pages and custom post types. For more information read Keep Record of All WordPress Content Changes
  • Mirror the WordPress activity log to an external solution such as Syslog or Papertrail to centralize logging, ensure logs are always available and cannot be tampered with in the unfortunate case of a hack attack.

FAQ

Support and Documentation

Please refer to our support pages for all the technical information and product documentation.

Reviews

August 17, 2022
Great plugin and great service!! I had an issue specific to my site configuration and the plugin developers provided excellent service and followed up with an upgraded version of their plugin that worked on my site. I highly recommend!
July 13, 2022
I found this plugin very useful to identify suspicious activities on my website to take corrective action. I had installed free plugin which got an issue. The team followed up on my query every time even though I wasn't a Premium user. They advised me the workaround to help me resolve the issue. Thanks for providing the support. Highly appreciate it.
July 8, 2022
I set this plugin up about a month ago, and then forgot about it. The plugin provides a lot of useful info about events and there are a lot of addons for integration with other plugins. I only tried the free version. It was just really frustrating coming back to site, a week ago, after something broke, knowing the post but not the date of the error and not being able to search for the event. The endless scrolling broke at one point when I was going through the events and I just gave up scrolling through the logs. Opening the search tab just presented me with advertisements trying to upsell the search feature, at a time when I was already super angry. Having the search feature behind a pay-wall is the real deal breaker here, but also there's definitely a lot of room for UX improvements. If you're looking for a simpler activity log with a better UI / UX, then I'd definitely recommend Activity Log by Activity Log Team instead.
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Contributors & Developers

“WP Activity Log” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

“WP Activity Log” has been translated into 8 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Changelog

4.4.2.1 (2022-07-06)

  • Bug fixes
    • Fixed: Fatal error when a WooCommerce file download is triggered.
    • Fixed: Only users with administrator role shown as logged in on a multisite network.
    • Fixed: Event IDs 5010 – 5018 wrongly enabled by default.
    • Fixed: A number of upgrade errors caused because of possibly outdated files.
    • Fixed: Disabled event IDs disabled at multisite network level were activated back when accessing child sites.
    • Fixed: Upgrade notice shown on a multisite network even when it is a new install.
    • Fixed: Fatal error triggered due to incorrectly named files (wrong capilitazion).
    • Fixed: Error in Alert formatter triggered during the upgrade process.

4.4.2 (2022-06-23)

Release notes: More reports white labelling options & statistics reports

  • New activity log event IDs

    • ID 2133: user taken over a post from another user.
  • New features & functionality

    • A number of new activity log statistics reports such as number of newly created users, user profile changes, password changes and password resets, page views, and more.
    • Added a number of new whitelabeling options in the activity log reports. Users can now add the business name, contact details, business logo and more in the reports.
    • Users can now change the report title, add comments etc.
    • Tags for Loggly & AWS Cloudwatch: add tags to the WordPress activity logs mirrored to your logs management system.
  • Plugin & features improvements

    • Users can now specify the number of hours when configuring a timeout for idle sessions.
    • Automatic plugin and theme updates are now detected and reported in the activity log (event ID: 5004).
    • Improved the logic of event ID 4029 – the user triggering the password reset request is now reported as the user who did the action.
    • Added the format of the generated report in the periodic reports list.
    • Draft posts can also be included in reports criteria.
    • The function to import / export plugin settings replaced with our own library (to be used in other plugins).
    • Plugin now uses the hook ‘deleted_theme’ to detect deletion of installed themes.
    • Removed the multisite tab from built-in notifications when installed on single site.
    • Added a check so the name of a mirroring connection cannot be empty.
    • Plugin now checks if there is an existing mirroring connection with the same name so not to overwrite existing ones.
    • Removed redundant “Save” button from the “Delete activity log data” page.
    • Improved the Integrations wizard – catered for a number of conflicts with other plugins and themes such as Divi.
    • Reviewed and improved the text in the WordPress users’ sessions management module.
    • Reports generation errors now contain details of why reports failed instead of generic errors, helping the user identify what the issue might be.
    • When deleting data about an IP address or a user from the logs, the user is now asked if they want to delete the events about the user / where the IP address is mentioned, or events generated from that user or IP address.
    • Optimized the way licensing data is stored on a multisite network.
    • Premium plugin advert in activity log viewer is now fixed – it does not interrupt user.
    • Added a new filter to specify which long data fields should be truncated in the activity log viewer.
    • “Email Notifications” section renamed to “Email & SMS Notifications”.
    • Reviewed and rewritten the help text in the Sessions module to advise users to terminate current sessions before restricting sessions.
    • Applied a number of UI/UX tweakts to the Enable/Disable events section making it neater and easier to use.
    • Post titles are now reported and linked to the post in the daily update email.
  • Bug fixes

    • When user changes multiple plugin settings the plugin now is reporting all the changes and not just one.
    • Fatal error reported when running certain activity log searches.
    • Event ID 6310 no longer incorrectly reported with every plugin setting change.
    • Fixed: activity log retention settings deleted and rewritten to database on page reloads.
    • Fixed: some premium features such as the “link to view all users activity” available in the free edition.
    • Fixed: New notification help text shows HTML code rather than formatted message.
    • Fixed: Clicking the expand data in activity log viewer resets the view and redirects the user to top of the activity log.
    • Fixed: Reports filter “Post type” was not finding events about posts with some custom post types.
    • Fixed: Changes in activity log retention settings not correctly reported in event ID 6052.
    • Fixed: When a user changes a post’s title and content, only the title change is reported.
    • Fixed: Deleting of activity log events by severity is not deleting the events.
    • Fixed: Excape characters in password cause authentication with third party services to fail.
    • Fixed: The setting “Cleanup expired session data” cannot be disabled.
    • Fixed: Step 2 in the integrations wizard is not “scrollable” if you go back to it while configuring a connection.
    • Fixed: changes in built-in email notifications are not saved in some specific scenarios.

Refer to the complete plugin changelog for more detailed information about what was new, improved and fixed in previous versions of the WP Activity Log plugin.