Logtivity Notifications Now Provide Much More Information


A few weeks ago, we discovered that Logtivity was recording all the activity on a WordPress site during a successful hack.

Have you ever had your site hacked? It’s a scary experience because you don’t know what the hacker has done. Fortunately, our customer was able to feel better because Logtivity gave them a 100% secure record of everything the hacker did.

After this incident, we started to brainstorm about the future. Could Logtivity let customers know what was happening while the attack was happening? The answer is, “Yes, if we improve Logtivity notifications”.

So we’ve been working hard to upgrade the notifications you get for key events. You can now get a lot more useful details inside your Logtivity notifications. Logtivity is perfectly positioned to report on security incidents like this and also on more day-to-day activity.

In this blog post, I’ll take you through an examples of how you can use the new Logtivity notifications. If you haven’t set up Logtivity before, check out the introduction to notifications.


Comparing Old vs New Notifications

This image below shows the old Slack notification for an administrator login (this guide shows you how to set up notifications for administrator logins). This previous version did not give you the name of the user who logged in. It also didn’t give you an easy way to view that user’s activity.

This next image shows the new Slack notification. You can now see the the username, and if you want more details, you can click View User to dive deeper.

This next image shows the email version of the same notification. I’ll only show Slack screenshots from now on, but all these notifications are available via email too. Alerts like this can be incredibly helpful for identifying any potential problems on your site. Or, you can simply use them to monitor when your team is logging in to work.

Here’s a second comparison of old and new notifications. This screenshot shows an old notification for a new purchase. This was a subscription, but there are no more details available.

This next image shows the new, updated notification. You can see the product and username in the alert. Plus you can click “View User” to see all of this customer’s activity.


Example alerts for new content

Let me show you some ways to use the new notifications.

One way to use the notifications is for content updates and changes. This Slack notification below shows that a post was updated. Click “View Logs” and you’ll be taken to a screen with full details on this change, including a link to the revision stored on your WordPress site. Within 10 seconds, you’ll be able to see what has changed in this post.

This next notification shows you that a new post has been published:

This third example shows you that new comment was added to your site:


Example alerts for new sales activity

If you run an eCommerce store, you’ll find Logtivity helpful for keeping track of your sales activity. Logtivity has a particularly deep integration with Easy Digital Downloads. This image below tells you that a license key has been activated by a customer:

No matter what kind of eCommerce store you have, you can track post-purchase activity in Logtivity too. This image below shows a customer downloading a specific file after purchase:


Example alerts for plugin changes

At the beginning of this post, I mentioned that the hacker installed a new plugin. Logtivity allows you to get alerts for any new plugin, as in the image below:

With Logtivity, you can also reverse the example above and get an alert whenever a plugin is deleted.


Try Logtivity Now

Logtivity is moving fast. In December, Logtivity users got access to logs inside their WordPress site. In November, users got improved notifications. In October, we added cool new charts. In September, users got the ability to export millions of logs. Before that, in August, it was support for the Easy Digital Downloads plugin and several popular add-ons. We’re going to keep improving Logtivity quickly and would love to hear your ideas.

Logtivity has pricing as low as $9 per month. You can be set up and monitoring your websites in minutes. Click here to start your activity logs today.

Author

  • Steve Burge lives in Florida, USA and has been building WordPress businesses for 15 years. He now runs PublishPress which provides publishing plugins. For the last several years, PublishPress customers have been asking him to build a project just like Logtivity.


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