Managing the WordPress Activity Log Plugin Privileges

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Note: if you got locked out of WordPress activity log refer to Regaining access to the WordPress activity log.

There are two types of user privileges that can be configured in the WP Security Audit Log plugin. These are:

View WordPress activity log

Users who have View WordPress activity log privilege can view the WordPress activity log and search in it as well, though they cannot change any of the plugin settings. Refer to how to allow users with no Admin role to access the WordPress activity log to learn how you can assign users or users with a specific role this privilege.

Manage the Plugin

Users who have the manage the WP Security Audit Log plugin privileges can view the WordPress activity log, configure any of the plugin’s settings, and access all the premium functionality such as the WordPress reporting tool and configuring WordPress email notifications when using the premium edition of the plugin.

This document explains how you can allow a user or users with a specific role to manage the plugin. It also explains how you can restrict the management of the plugin just to your user, i.e. denying other WordPress users with admin role from managing the plugin or viewing the WordPress activity log.

Default WP Security Audit Log plugin privileges

In a single site WordPress installation, by default only the users with Administrator role can view the WordPress activity log and manage any of the WP Security Audit Log plugin settings.

In a WordPress multisite network, Super Admins can view the activity log and manage the plugin settings. Site administrators can view the activity log of the site they have admin access to (refer to the WordPress multisite activity log plugin for more details on multisite network setup).

In the plugin General settings you have the below settings  which you can use to configure the plugin privileges:

The WordPress activity log plugin privileges

Allow non admin users to manage the WP Security audit Log plugin settings

To allow other users or users with a specific role to manage the WP Security Audit Log plugin follow the below procedure:

  1. Set the option Restrict Plugin Access to All these users or users with these roles
  2. Specify the username(s) and role(s) in the place holder and click Add
  3. Save the plugin settings.

When users have can manage plugin privileges they can configure any of the plugin settings and access all the premium functions when the premium plugin is installed. Therefore they can configure email notifications, generate WordPress reports, see who is logged in, configure the WordPress activity log archiving and mirroring, etc.

Restrict other WordPress administrators from managing the plugin or viewing the WordPress audit log

You can also restrict access to other administrators on the WordPress website so they cannot manage the WP Security Audit Log plugin, change it’s settings or view the WordPress activity log. To do set the option Restrict Plugin Access to Only Me. Once you save the settings all the other administrators but you will be denied access.

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