Why you should segregate the WordPress activity logs from the website database


WordPress activity logs are a website administrator must have. The are helpful when troubleshooting a technical issue, trying to identify a hack attack or during forensic work. They also allow business owners to monitor users productivity and improve user accountability. Logs are an important security and admin tool that allow you to know exactly what happens on your WordPress websites and multisite networks. In this article we explain why you should segregate the WordPress activity log data from your WordPress website database and how you can do it. Where do plugins store the WordPress activity logs? WP Security Audit Log […]

Activity Log for MainWP update 1.3


Today we are announcing update 1.3 of the Activity Log for MainWP plugin, the MainWP extension that enables you to see the activity logs of all the child sites from the MainWP dashboard. This is a maintenance update. It includes a good number of improvements and bug fixes, as this post highlights. Noteworthy updates in 1.3 Added a new option for the plugin to automatically fetches the activity logs from child sites upon install, Included a new Purge all activity logs button to delete the activity log data in the MainWP database, Added a new WP Security Audit Log version […]

Best practices for managing WordPress activity log data


The data stored in the WordPress activity log is sensitive and confidential. So should you back it up? Should you archive it and keep it secure? Many compliance regulations stipulate who can access such data, and how such data should be stored, secured and backed up. This is common practise in the finance and healthcare industries. Typically they also stipulate for how long activity log data should be kept. Therefore installing WP Security Audit Log to keep a log of user and site changes is just the beginning. As a business you are also responsible for the security and management of […]

Update 3.5.2 – New filter hooks & better support for CPTs on multisite


Today we are releasing WP Security Audit Log 3.5.2. This update contains an important patch for better handling of custom post types on multisite networks. In this update we are also introducing new filter hooks which allow you to further customize the plugin’s behaviour. New filter hooks for plugin users In this update we have included 3 new filter hooks: wsal_filter_prevent_deactivation_email_delivery: this filter hook deactivates the email that is automatically sent to the administrator when the plugin is deactivated. wsal_filter_deactivation_email_delivery_address: this filter hook can be used to change the email address to where the automated email is sent when the […]

Why it’s important to continuously keep a WordPress activity log on your website


When users uninstall the WP Security Audit Log plugin from their WordPress website we ask them why they would like to uninstall the plugin. The most common answer is we no longer need it. In other words, the website administrator no longer needs to keep a log of changes that happen on the website. To me and everyone in security, this raises some red flags. It is ineffective to keep a log of changes on any system when used retroactively, after an error or breach occurs. WP Security Audit Log is a powerful WordPress administrator plugin, but only if used […]

Update 3.5.1 – New filters & sorting in the activity log viewer & other improvements


WP Security Audit Log 3.5.1 is a release with a few improvements and bug fixes. It also features the new filters and sorting options for the Severity column in the activity log viewer. Read on to find out what is new and improved in this update of the #1 WordPress activity logs plugin. Filters and sorting for the Severity column As shown above,it is now possible to sort the events in your WordPress activity log by the events’ severity. In WP Security Audit Log Premium you can also filter the activity log view by severity, as shown below. Until now, […]

Announcing the all new Activity Log for MainWP Premium


Are you ready for an exciting announcement? We certainly are! Today we are announcing the premium edition of Activity Logs for MainWP, the popular MainWP extension that allows you to view the logs of all child sites from one central location; the MainWP dashboard. What are the new premium features? The premium edition of the MainWP extension has Search & Filters, and the Reports features. The new features work on both the MainWP and child sites’ activity logs. With the new premium features MainWP administrators get real-time access to the child sites’ activity logs: they can generate reports or search […]

Update 3.5 : New front-end sensors & improved wizard


The main role of an audit log plugin (aka activity log) is to keep a log of the changes users do on your WordPress website. However, the WP Security Audit Log can also keep a log of other website activities that you should know of. For example it can keep a log when new users register on your website, or when visitors request non-existing pages (404 error). In this update we focused on improving these front-end sensors, and also introduced new plugin settings so you can optimize the plugin for your WordPress website. Individual front-end sensors The plugin’s front-end sensors […]

How to delete all logged in user sessions on WordPress


When a user logs on to a WordPress website, a session is created. The details of the session are stored in the WordPress database, specifically in wp_usermeta table. If a session is not terminated by the user via a logout, WordPress automatically terminates the session after a certain period of time. However, in some cases WordPress fails to terminate sessions. This could result in hundreds and thousands of hung sessions on your WordPress. However, there are two ways how you can terminate all the logged in WordPress user sessions on your website, as this post explains. Terminating all WordPress users […]

Activity Log for MainWP 1.0.4 – Data Retention & Details Activity Log Settings


Today we are happy to announce update 1.0.4 of the Activity Log for MainWP, the extension that keeps a log of all that happens on your MainWP dashboard and network of child sites. In this update we are introducing two new settings to help you to better manage your MainWP activity logs. We have also updated the extension to support MainWP 4, which is currently in BETA. New data retention & activity log details settings Activity log details setting The Activity Log for MainWP extension has two functions. It: Shows the activity logs of the child sites in the MainWP […]