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A lightweight activity feed plugin for WordPress

Plugin rating: 5 stars Number of active installs: over 100K Number of monthly downloads

Simple History is a WordPress audit log plugin that logs various things that occur in WordPress and then presents those events in a very nice GUI. It's great way to view user activity and keep an eye on what the admin users of a website are doing.

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Viewing history events

This screenshot show the user activity feed:

  • It has an active filter/search in use:
    • only show changes performed by a specific user
    • it only shows event that are of type post and pages and media (i.e. images & other uploads)
  • A thumbnail is shown for the image that is uploaded

Simple History screenshot

Events with different severity

Simple History uses the log levels specified in the PHP PSR-3 standard.

Quick diff lets you see what's changed

Simple History screenshot

Events have context with extra details

Each logged event can include useful rich formatted extra information. For example: a plugin install can contain author info and a the url to the plugin, and an uploaded image can contain a thumbnail of the image.

Simple History screenshot

Plugin API

Developers can easily log their own things using a simple API:


// This is the easiest and safest way to add messages to the log
// If the plugin is disabled this way will not generate in any error
apply_filters("simple_history_log", "This is a logged message");

// Or with some context and with log level debug:
	'My message about something',
		'debugThing' => $myThingThatIWantIncludedInTheLoggedEvent,
		'anotherThing' => $anotherThing

// Or just debug a message quickly
apply_filters('simple_history_log_debug', 'My debug message');

// You can also use functions/methods to add events to the log
SimpleLogger()->info("This is a message sent to the log");

// Add events of different severity
SimpleLogger()->info("User admin edited page 'About our company'");
SimpleLogger()->warning("User 'Jessie' deleted user 'Kim'");
SimpleLogger()->debug("Ok, cron job is running!");

You will find more examples in the examples.php file.

Running tests

Tests are located in the tests-folder. See ./tests/