How to Restrict WordPress Administrators Access to Security Audit Log

We are happy to announce that a new update of WP Security Audit Log WordPress plugin is available for download. As the plugin is gaining more popularity, it is being installed on larger WordPress and WordPress multisites installations hence allowing us to get a better understanding of such large implementations and further improve the functionality and performance of the WordPress audit plugin.

In fact in this new version 1.2.7 we included a few updates, improvements and fixes that allow the plugin to work better on large WordPress installations, and enables administrators to have more control on who can access the plugin.

Much Faster Audit Log Viewer

We have completely rewritten the way the Audit Log Viewer retrieves WordPress security alerts from the WordPress database; we made it more efficient so it will be much faster and it consumes less resources. Therefore when you open the Audit Log Viewer to see the activity on your WordPress you will be able to see the WordPress security alerts instantly without any overheads on the web server and its resources.

If you monitor a small WordPress blog or website where only a few WordPress security alerts are generated, most probably you won’t notice a difference. But if you own a large WordPress multisite installation you will definitely notice a difference in both the resource usage and performance of the plugin itself.

Restrict Administrator Access to Plugin Settings

When WP Security Audit Log is installed on a WordPress blog or website all the administrators can view the WordPress security alerts and manage the plugin from its menu. When installed on a WordPress multisite, by default all super administrators on that network can view the WordPress security alerts and manage the plugin while the site administrators can view the WordPress security alerts of their site, as explained in WP Security Audit Log plugin features for WordPress multisite.

Though this is not always what WordPress administrators want, especially in large implementations of WordPress. Hence we introduced a few new settings that allow you to specify who can access the WordPress activity log and even configure who can change the settings in the WP Security Audit Log.

New WP Security Audit Log Menu Position

WP Security Audit Log plugin menuMany WordPress administrators access the Audit Log Viewer on a frequent basis to keep an eye on the activity of their WordPress. Though sometimes, especially in a WordPress multisite environment where lot of plugins are typically installed, the Audit Log Viewer is not so easily accessible. So we moved the WP Security Audit Log plugin menu Audit Log exactly underneath the Dashboard in the WordPress administrator pages, thus making it easily accessible.

For a quick overview of the latest changes on WordPress administrators can also refer to the dashboard widget which shows the 5 latest critical alerts in the dashboard, as soon as you login to WordPress.

WP Security Audit Log Plugin Change Log

We also implemented several other minor fixes to the plugin in this release. For more details about what was fixed in this version of WP Security Audit Log refer to the WP Security Audit Log change log on the WordPress repository.

Download WP Security Audit Log Plugin

Download WP Security Audit Log from the official WordPress plugin repository and start monitoring your WordPress and WordPress multisite installations today. For more information about the plugin, visit the official WP Security Audit Log plugin product page. For more details about the WordPress activity that WP Security Audit Log plugin can monitor refer to the List of WordPress Security Alerts.

Updating WP Security Audit Log Plugin

Once you login to your WordPress using an administrator account you will be automatically notified that an upgrade of WP Security Audit Log plugin is available. You can upgrade automatically by clicking the upgrade link.

Note: If you have enabled the option to hide the plugin from the WordPress plugin page, you can still see the plugin update available from the Updates menu entry in the WordPress admin pages.

To manually upgrade the plugin:

  1. Download WP Security Audit Log from the WordPress repository
  2. Deactivate the plugin from the WordPress dashboard
  3. Delete all plugin files and replace them with the new files
  4. Once all files are uploaded, enable the plugin from the WordPress dashboard.

Rate WP Security Audit Log Plugin

If WP Security Audit Log plugin helped you improve the security and monitoring of your WordPress blogs and websites, please rate WP Security Audit Log on the WordPress repository. If you have any questions, feedback or need support please get in touch with us by sending us an email on plugins@wpwhitesecurity.com.

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