The 10up Experience plugin configures WordPress to better protect and inform clients, aligned to 10up's best practices

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The 10up Experience plugin configures WordPress to better protect and inform our clients, aligned to 10up’s best practices. It is not meant as a general-distribution plugin and does not have an open development process, but is available for public perusal.

Build Status Support Level Release Version WordPress tested up to version GPLv2 License




The recommended way to use this plugin is with Composer.

composer require 10up/10up-experience


For development purposes, you can clone the plugin into wp-content/plugins and install the dependencies.

git clone git@github.com:10up/10up-experience.git && cd 10up-experience && composer install && npm install


If you need a built version of the plugin to install via the dashboard, download and extract the plugin into wp-content/plugins. Make sure you use the master branch which contains the latest stable release.


Activate the plugin via the dashboard or WP-CLI.

wp plugin activate 10up-experience


Updates use the built-in WordPress update system to pull from GitHub releases.



Adds an option to general settings to restrict REST API access. The options are: show REST API to everyone, only show REST API to logged in users, and show REST API to everyone except /users endpoint. By default, the plugin requires authentication for the /users endpoint.

Configured in Settings > Reading.


Removes 10up user author archives so they aren't mistakenly indexed by search engines.


Adds an option in writing to switch back to Classic Editor.

Configured in Settings > Writing.


Adds a 10up Suggested Plugins section to the plugins screen. Warns users who attempt to deactivate the 10up Experience plugin. Outputs a notice on non-suggested plugins tabs warning users from installing non-approved plugins. If DISALLOW_FILE_MODS is on, update notices will be shown in the plugins table.

Post Passwords

Password protecting post functionality is removed both in Gutenberg and the classic editor. This can be disabled in the writing section of the admin.

Configured in Settings > Writing.

Support Monitor

Sends non-PII information about the website back to 10up including plugins installed, constants defined in wp-config.php, 10up user accounts, and more.

Configured in Settings > General or Settings > Network Settings if network activated.


By default, all users must use a medium or greater strength password. This can be turned off in general settings (or network settings if network activated). Reserved usernames such as admin are prevented from being used.

Configured in Settings > General or Settings > Network Settings if network activated.

*Password strength functionality requires the PHP extension mbstring to be installed on the web server. Functionality will be bypassed if extension not installed.


X-Frame-Origins is set to sameorigin to prevent click jacking.

Note: 10up admin branding can be disabled by defining the constant TENUP_DISABLE_BRANDING as true.

There are 2 filters available here:

  • tenup_experience_x_frame_options - (default value) SAMEORIGIN can be changed to DENY.
  • tenup_experience_disable_x_frame_options - (default value) FALSE can be changed to TRUE - doing so will omit the header.


10up Experience includes 10up SSO functionality. There are some useful constants related to this functionality:

  • TENUPSSO_DISABLE - Define this as true to disable SSO.
  • TENUPSSO_DISALLOW_ALL_DIRECT_LOGIN - Define this as true to disable username/password log ins completely.

Activity Log

The Activity Log tracks key actions taken by logged in users and stores them in Support Monitor. Note that no PII is stored. This feature can be disabled by defining TENUP_DISABLE_ACTIVITYLOG as true.

Logged Actions

  • profile_update Runs when a user profile is updated. Example log message: "User 1 profile updated."
  • set_user_role Runs when a user's role has changed. Example log message: "User 1 role changed from editor to administator."
  • updated_user_meta Runs when certain user metadata has changed. Example log message: "User 1 meta updated. Key: nickname."
  • user_register Runs when a new user is registered. Example log message: "User 1 registered."
  • deleted_user Runs when a user is deleted. Example log message: "User 1 deleted."
  • wp_login Runs when a user logs in. Example log message: "User 1 logged in."
  • activated_plugin Runs when a plugin is activated. Example log message: "Plugin wordpress-seo is activated."
  • delete_plugin Runs when a plugin is deleted. Example log message: "Plugin wordpress-seo" is deleted.
  • switch_theme Runs the theme changes. Example log message: "Theme switch to twentytwentytwo from twentytwentyone."
  • deleted_theme Runs when a theme is deleted from the site. Example log message: "Theme twentytwentyone is deleted."
  • updated_option Runs when one of a specified set of core options changes. Example log message: "Option users_can_register is updated."
  • added_option Runs when one of a specified set of core options is added. Example log message: "Option users_can_register is added."


  • tenup_experience_logged_user_meta_changes

Filters the user meta keys whose changes should be logged.

  • tenup_support_monitor_logged_option_changes

Filters the option keys whose changes should be logged.

  • tenup_support_monitor_log_item

Filters whether to log a message.

  • tenup_support_monitor_max_activity_log_count

Filters how many log items to store. Items are stored in array saved to the options table. Default is 500.



Define TENUP_DISABLE_ACTIVITYLOG as true to disable Activity Log.

Support Level

Active: 10up is actively working on this, and we expect to continue work for the foreseeable future including keeping tested up to the most recent version of WordPress. Bug reports, feature requests, questions, and pull requests are welcome.


A complete listing of all notable changes to the 10up Experience Plugin are documented in CHANGELOG.md.

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