How to Get an Alert for Plugin Updates in WordPress

Logtivity has a feature called “Alerts” that allows you to receive notifications for important changes on your sites. Alerts can be sent to two Alert Channels: email and Slack.

You can use this feature to get alerts every time there is a plugin updated on your WordPress sites. This can be useful in many situations. For example, if you have a site that is not meant to be updated, you can get an instant notification.

Here’s our guide to getting alerts from Logtivity for plugins that are updated on your WordPress site. If you haven’t done this yet, you will need to connect your site to Logtivity. Click here for our getting started guide.

Create the Plugin Updated Alert for One Site

This guide will show you how to get plugin updated alerts for one WordPress site.

Go to “Alerts” in the Logtivity app. Here are the settings you can enter:

  • Action: This is the trigger for the alert. We should choose “Plugin Updated”.
  • Context: This field allow you to specify more information about the Action. Because this alert will notify us about updated plugin, the “Context” field would be the title of a specific plugin such as “Yoast SEO” or “Easy Digital Downloads”. This would be useful if you want to make sure a plugin is never updated.
  • User: You can choose to get notifications for plugins updated by a specific user.

After creating the alert, we recommend that you test the alert by updating a plugin. This image below shows how the alerts appear in Slack. You can see three buttons underneath the alert:

  • View/Edit Alert: This will take you to the screen where you can modify these alerts. It looks very similar to the image above.
  • View Logs: This button will show you all your logs that match “Plugin Updated”.
  • View User: This will display all the activity for the user who triggered the plugin update.

Create the Plugin Updated Alert for All Your Sites

This guide will show you how to get plugin updated alerts for all your WordPress sites.

  • Go to “Team Settings” and then “Global Alerts” in the Logtivity app.
  • Enter “Plugin Updated” for the “Action” field. Scroll up in this tutorial for more details on the other fields.
  • Click the “Create alert” button.

The Global Alert Channels are handled separately from the Alert Channels for individual sites.

To choose where your Global Alerts will send notifications, go to the “Global Alerts Channel” tab and choose the email address and / or Slack channel.

Global Alert Channels screen