How to Monitor User activity in WordPress

How to Monitor User activity in WordPress

Do you run a site which is managed by more than one users? Have you ever thought keeping track of the activities of your co-admins or users? This is possible, you can do it all simply by a FREE plugin. The plugin ‘WP security audit log’ is there to do the task. But, what is it really capable of tracking down? Today in this article, we will show you how to monitor user activity in WordPress to make sure if any of your user is not

Features of WP Security Audit Log Plugin:

It keeps an audit-log of all the users on your site and log all the activities that they do under the admin-panel of your site. Let it be, editing a post, deleting, updating it, switching the theme, moderating the comments, making changes to user’s accounts, adding/removing/updating plugins and what not! It not only prepares a log for all this but also gives them a security alert level so that you can easily identify what could be the potential threat to your site.

It prepares a list of all the activities, so if you have an active site with a lot if users, expect the list to be longer. You can customize the way it works too so that you can get the results you want to see just.

Getting the Plugin to work:

Get the plugin by simply searching ‘WP Security Audit log’ and click on Install now.

Security audit plugin WordPress

Once installed, access it from your plugins panel and activate it.

activate WP security audit log plugin

You can now see an ‘audit log’ tab on you dashboard, click on it to access the log.

audit log wordpress

Then you’ll find yourself at the log, where you can see all the activities of users with corresponding alerts. The alerts are represented by different colors depending upon their criticality and threat concerned.

Audit log viewer WordPress

This is where you can keep an eye on all the users and their activities on your site. Also, you can enable and disable the alerts you receive so that you don’t get a lengthy list every time you access the log. You can do it by simply visiting the ‘Enable/Disable Alerts’ under the ‘Audit Log’ tab.

audit log settings

Upon clicking, you’ll find a few tab for all the functionalities that you do, each leading to a specific list of alerts they result into. You can enable and disable the security alerts according to your needs.

alerts aduit log wordpress

All you have to do is go to the tab you are concerned with and simply check/uncheck the box you want.

enable disable alerts wordpress

You have now successfully customized the alerts you’ll receive. Next up is settings. Just click on it to access it.

audit setting wp audit security

From the settings, you can make further modifications as per your needs, also, you can set the plugin to remove alerts as they get older so that you don’t always get a long and a lengthy list.

security alert wp audit plugin

Also, you can remove the Dashboard widget from the dashboard. However, it is useful to keep it there as it shows the latest 5 security alerts. But if you still want, you can do it by just making the changes in settings.

alert dashboard widget wordpress

Next up, if you want some other user also to manage the task, i.e. if you want that user to view the alerts and manage it and make changes to the plugin, you just need to simply add the user in the space below to create an exception.

can-view-alterts-wordpress-audit

There are numerous options in the settings which you can master upon discovery, however we have discussed you through the important ones. Hopefully, this article will help you get a log which will help you to get a better website.

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