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How to Monitor User Activities Inside WordPress Dashboard

Do you want to see what your authors or editors are doing inside the WordPress dashboard?

If you are running a multiple author blog, or if your blog admin area is accessed by multiple users, you might like to monitor user activities as a safeguard measure. Monitoring activities inside your dashboard is especially critical when you hire a one-time freelancer to work on your blog.

To date I have used two different plugins to check user activities inside my WordPress dashboard.

WordPress Security log

The most recent plugin I have used for this purpose is the WP Security Audit Log plugin, which offers detailed information such as:

  • Who logged in to your WordPress dashboard
  • What actions users are taking (Ex: uploading images, editing posts)
  • What action your system is taking
  • Failed logins and much more

You can download and install the plugin right now from the official page here. Or you can finish reading this quick review, and learn everything you need to know about this awesome plugin for monitoring user activity.

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WP Security Audit Log plugin: monitor WordPress user activities

This is a plug-and-play plugin, and once you have installed the plugin, it will start creating a log of all the actions inside your WordPress dashboard. You can configure the settings to stop recording various actions to keep your audit log meaningful. For example, I have disabled the functions for monitoring system activities and multi-site activities.

Monitor WordPress User activities

Under the settings tab, you can configure options such as how long you want to keep the log and if you want to give log access to other users or user groups.

You can also hide the plugin from the plugin list, which is convenient when you don’t want to reveal the fact that you’re using this plugin to your members.

You also have an option to exclude certain members’ activities from being logged, which is convenient when one of your trusted members performs the lot of activities inside the dashboard.

WP Audit log plugin settings

Audit log viewer: check logs of user activities

Once you have configured all the settings, click on “audit log viewer” and check the user activities.

You can edit 1-2 posts yourself to confirm if the plugin is working for you or not.

Here is a screenshot from the WPSaviour dashboard:

WordPress security audit log

As you can see from the above screenshot, this plugin provides enough data for a WordPress admin to see what’s going inside the dashboard.

You will love this plugin especially if you allow contributors to register & submit posts from your WordPress dashboard.

  • Also see: Must-have WordPress plugin for multi-author blogs

I would not recommend this plugin to a blogger who has a single-author blog, as this plugin is of no use to this category of blogger. It is only useful if there are multiple users logging in to your WordPress dashboard, and you want to monitor or keep a log of their activities.

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