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    Simple History shows recent changes made within WordPress, directly on your dashboard or on a separate page.

    The plugin works as a log/history/audit log/version history of the most important events that occur in WordPress.

    It’s a plugin that is good to have on websites where several people are involved in editing the content.

    Out of the box Simple History has support for:

    • Posts and pages – see who added, updated or deleted a post or page

    • Attachments – see who added, updated or deleted an attachment

    • Taxonomies (Custom taxonomies, categories, tags) – see who added, updated or deleted an taxonomy

    • Comments – see who edited, approved or removed a comment

    • Widgets – get info when someone adds, updates or removes a widget in a sidebar

    • Plugins – activation and deactivation

    • User profiles – info about added, updated or removed users

    • User logins – see when a user login & logout. Also see when a user fails to login (good way to catch brute-force login attempts).

    • User edits – see when a user is added, updated or removed, and get detailed information about the changes made to the user.

    • Failed user logins – see when someone has tried to log in, but failed. The log will then include ip address of the possible hacker.

    • Menu edits

    • Option screens – view details about changes made in the different settings sections of WordPress. Things like changes to the site title and the permalink structure will be logged.

    • Privacy page – when a privacy page is created or set to a new page.

    • Data Export – see when a privacy data export request is added and when this request is approved by the user, downloaded by an admin, or emailed to the user.

    • User Data Erasure Requests – see when a user privacy data export request is added and when this request is approved by the user and when the user data is removed.

    Support for third party plugins

    By default Simple History comes with built in support for the following plugins:

    • Jetpack – The Jetpack plugin is a plugin from Automattic (the company behind the service) that lets you supercharge your website by adding a lot of extra functions.
      In Simple History you will see what Jetpack modules that are activated and deactivated.

    • Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) – ACF adds fields to your posts and pages.
      Simple History will log changes made to the field groups and the fields inside field groups. Your will see when both field groups and fields are created and modified.

    • User Switching – The User Switching plugin allows you to quickly swap between user accounts in WordPress at the click of a button.
      Simple History will log each user switch being made.

    • WP Crontrol – The WP Crontrol plugin enables you to view and control what’s happening in the WP-Cron system.
      Simple History will log when cron events are added, edited, deleted, paused, resumed, and manually ran, and when cron schedules are added and deleted.

    • Enable Media Replace – The Enable Media Replace plugin allows you to replace a file in your media library by uploading a new file in its place.
      Simple history will log details about the file being replaced and details about the new file.

    • Limit Login Attempts – The plugin Limit Login Attempts is old
      and has not been updated for 4 years. However it still has +1 million installs, so many users will benefit from
      Simple History logging login attempts, lockouts, and configuration changes made in the plugin Limit Login Attempts.

    • Redirection – The redirection plugin manages url redirections, using a nice GUI. Simple History will log redirects and groups that are created, changed, enabled or disabled and also when the global plugin settings have been modified.

    • Duplicate Post – The plugin Duplicate Post allows users to clone posts of any type. Simple History will log when a clone of a post or page is done.

    • Beaver Builder – The plugin Beaver Build is a page builder for WordPress that adds a flexible drag and drop page builder to the front end of your WordPress website. Simple History will log when a Beaver Builder layout or template is saved or when the settings for the plugins are saved.

    Plugin authors can add support for Simple History in their plugins using the logging API. Plugins that have support for Simple History includes:

    What users say

    300+ five-star reviews speak to the reliability of this plugin.

    • “So far the best and most comprehensive logging plugin”@herrschuessler

    • “The best history plugin I’ve found”Rich Mehta

    • “Custom Logs Are Crazy Awesome!”Ahmad Awais

    • “Amazing activity logging plugin”digidestination

    • “Fantastic plugin I use on all sites”Duncan Michael-MacGregor

    • “Useful Quick View of Activity”Dan O

    • “The best Activity Plugin”Rahim

    • “The best free history plugin ever”abazeed

    • “It is a standard plugin for all of our sites”Mr Tibbs

    RSS feed with changes

    Using the optional password protected RSS feed you can keep track of the changes made on your website using your favorite RSS reader.

    Comes with WP-CLI commands

    For those of you who like to work with the command line there are also some WP-CLI commands available.

    • wp simple-history list – List the latest logged events.

    Example scenarios

    Keep track of what other people are doing:
    “Has someone done anything today? Ah, Sarah uploaded
    the new press release and created an article for it. Great! Now I don’t have to do that.”

    Or for debug purposes:
    “The site feels slow since yesterday. Has anyone done anything special? … Ah, Steven activated ‘naughty-plugin-x’,
    that must be it.”

    API so you can add your own events to the audit log

    If you are a theme or plugin developer and would like to add your own things/events to Simple History you can do that by using the function SimpleLogger() like this:

    if ( function_exists("SimpleLogger") ) {
            // Most basic example: just add some information to the log
            SimpleLogger()->info("This is a message sent to the log");
            // A bit more advanced: log events with different severities
            SimpleLogger()->info("User admin edited page 'About our company'");
            SimpleLogger()->warning("User 'Jessie' deleted user 'Kim'");
            SimpleLogger()->debug("Ok, cron job is running!");

    See the documentation for examples on how to log your own events and how to query the log, and more.


    So far Simple History is translated to 17 languages: Chinese (China), Danish, Dutch, Dutch (Belgium), English (US), French (France), German, German (Switzerland), Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish (Colombia), Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Venezuela), and Swedish.

    If you want to translate Simple History to your language then read about how this is done over at the Polyglots handbook.

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