How to Track Site or Network-wide User Activity in WordPress
Have you ever managed a multi-author blog or a network of blogs? Things can get chaotic when there are that many users making changes. Yes, WordPress post drafts keep records of who changed what, but it is really hard for an administrator to keep track of all of these activities. We ran into this problem recently, so we looked around to find a solution. And you know when they say “There’s a Plugin for That”, yup there is. In this article, we will show you how you can track and display site or network-wide user activity in WordPress.
Useful, right? Trust us, you won’t understand how you managed your website without it. The plugin is also lightning fast and works behind the scenes, so it doesn’t affect site and admin performance (For optimal performance, we built the plugin so it runs on a separate table in the database).
WordPress Activity Log – 7 Things You Should Be Tracking
SEO is another big reason to always keep an eye on changing content. For example, if a URL changes on a popular post with traffic and backlinks, and you don’t know about it, this could be disastrous. While WordPress has built-in redirects and will do its best to try and redirect to the updated content, this doesn’t always work. You should always add 301 redirects, at the server-level if possible for performance reasons. Kinsta’s redirect tool makes this super easy!
Does your site have many users for various admin side activity? Do you stuck with the issue to track user activity on your website admin side? do you want to secure your site by tracking log of all user activity? Do you want to get notified when the particular user logged in?
Just relax, Now with the help of “User Activity Log” Plugin, you can track all users activity on your website.
How to Set Up WordPress User Activity Tracking in 3 Easy Steps
By tracking individual users on your WordPress site, you can identify what each customer has done on your site. For example, if you find that a particular user with a user id #26 has added some items to the shopping cart and later abandoned the cart, you can find the name and other details of that person by looking at your WordPress admin panel.
How to find the most active users on my WordPress site
Whatever the most useful metric to track users activity for your website is, it’s obvious that not all of your users are will be equally active. Some users will show up once, and never again. While others might be visiting your site many times per day and actively follow any change you make to your website. The most active users on your site are usually, the people who show deep interest about your product and services. Knowing who your power users are can help you to manage your WordPress users more effectively.
How to track any WordPress user activity
Please Note! There are several solutions online claiming that tracking user activity secures your website however pause for a moment and just think logically here. Any user activity that is logged is post-factum. Which means that something already happened and the only thing that you can do is to deal with its consequence. That is why user activity monitoring is as effective as reaction to already occurred events. In a different article I will talk about effectively reacting on security incidents or even proactively block and revert changes.
This is a customized version of the default WordPress screen settings layout. You can activate the screen settings by clicking the button at the top right corner of the “Activity Log” page.
Using these options, you’ll be able to: