How to Monitor User Activity in WordPress

If you manage a blog with multiple authors you may be looking for a way to monitor user activity. The main goal of this being if something breaks you can look back and see what went wrong, who did it, and when it happened. I will show you how to gain this ability with the power of a plugin called Simple History.

I will start by installing and activating the Simple History plugin. To be able to use this plugin properly I will go to Settings » Simple History and configure a few settings.

Simple History Settings Page

From here you can choose where to show the history or even use a secret RSS Feed to monitor the history should you want to hide it from other user roles. The plugin will innately show a few predefined actions such as logging in/out, wrong passwords, site changes, user profile changes, etc. If you have development experience and want to add a custom event the plugin allows this as shown on the plugin page:here.

Simple History Page

To save on space, the plugin will clear any history older than 60 days from the database or you can delete something by clicking Clear it now in the settings.

I hope this plugin helps you understand some of the actions that are going on in your site.

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