What's your WordPress community up to? With the right plugin, it's easy to see exactly what every user does while they're on your site.
There are many plugins available for tracking community activity – the following eight stand out as the most effective tools for monitoring your users and recording their actions (plus, they're all free!):
Audit Trail will help you see everything that's happening in your user community. This plugin records all the actions of your registered users, including page visits and the actions taken on visited pages. It even records the contents of posts and allows the administrator to restore previous versions of published posts.
Simple History shows you the changes made to all posts and pages. It records when users activate and modify plugins, too.
Simple History maintains a complete log of changes made in Posts, Pages, Attachments, Taxonomies, Comments, Widgets, Plugins, User Profiles, User Logins, and Menus. It also tracks failed login attempts, which will help you identify possible hacking attempts.
WP Document Revisions is a 3-in-1 solution for community owners. It's a document management system (DMS), a collaboration tool, and a file hosting solution. This plugin is ideal for projects involving text documents and spreadsheets.
Bluetrait Event Viewer (BTEV) tracks passwords, user logins, and other events. You can publish these events via a password-protected RSS feed.
You can kep track of community activity with Sucuri, but its main function is protecting your site from attacks. It monitors your blog for security compromises, scans hosted files for malware, checks for site blacklisting, delivers security notifications, and helps you recover from hacks.
This plugin is called Stream because it displays a chronological “stream” of community activity. You can filter what you see in your stream by timeframe, user, context, and action. There's also a live reporting feature, and you can use the WP-CLI command to query records.
Stream has built-in tracking integration for Gravity Forms, bbPress, BuddyPress, WooCommerce, Yoast SEO, and several other plugins.
Activity Log is a well-supported and easy-to-use activity recording plugin for WordPress sites. With this powerful plugin, you can track who is doing what on your blog, and you'll be able to see if someone is trying to hack your site. Activity Log also gives you the ability to assign permission access.
WP Security Audit Log has over 50,000 active installs, making it one of the most popular audit plugins for WordPress. It records when new users are created, when users log into the site, when passwords or profile settings are modified, when users activate or deactivate plugins, and more.
This plugin is especially useful for sites that use WooCommerce, as it allows you to track changes users make to product information.
Also, there are premium add-ons like email notifications and compliance reports that make WP Security Audit Log even more helpful for community owners.
The Final Word
While you can't go wrong with any of these plugins, some of them are better suited for certain sites than others. For example, Stream and WP Security Audit Log's compatibility with eCommerce plugins make them a great fit for online stores. Communities that often collaborate on documents would be better off with WP Document Revisions. Choose what works best for your community.