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

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

    The plugin works as a audit log 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.

    No coding is required to use the plugin. Just install it and it will start logging events.

    ✨ Simple History Features

    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.

    Build in logging for third party plugins

    Simple History comes with built in support for many plugins:

    • Jetpack – See what Jetpack modules that are activated and deactivated.

    • Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) – See when field groups and fields are created and modified.

    • User Switching – See each user switch being made.

    • WP Crontrol – See when cron events are added, edited, deleted, paused, resumed, and manually ran, and when cron schedules are added and deleted.

    • Enable Media Replace – See details about the file being replaced and details about the new file.

    • Limit Login Attempts – See login attempts, lockouts, and configuration changes made in the plugin Limit Login Attempts.

    • Redirection – See redirects and groups that are created, changed, enabled or disabled and also when the global plugin settings have been modified.

    • Duplicate Post –See when a clone of a post or page is done.

    • Beaver Builder – See when a Beaver Builder layout or template is saved or when the settings for the plugins are saved.

    Is your plugin missing? No problem – 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

    Getting Started

    After installation, Simple History automatically starts logging activities. Access the history log through the dashboard widget or via the ‘Simple History’ page in the dashboard menu.

    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.

    🔆 Extend the plugin functionality with Add-ons

    Powerful add-ons are available to extend the functionality of Simple History even further:

    WooCommerce Logger
    Enhance your site’s tracking with comprehensive logs for WooCommerce orders, products, settings, and coupons.

    Extended Settings
    Extend the settings of Simple History with more options and settings.

    Developer tools (coming soon)
    Log sent emails, HTTP API requests, cron jobs, and more.

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