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This is Malcolm Peralty here from PressTitan and this is The WP Minute, Episode 138

Over on TorqueMag, they have an article about monitoring user activity in WordPress. They point to the Simple History plugin as an option, but there are plenty of plugins for WordPress that do this.

I typically don’t set up plugins that monitor user activity, but I can definitely see a use for them. I wouldn’t recommend them as a security option and feel that you should only provide higher levels of access to people you trust, but if you have questions about weird things happening on your site, it might be a good first step in figuring out who is doing what.

When it comes to adding a plugin to your site, how much research do you do before installing it? What makes you decide that a plugin is good or bad? Well, over on the Ninja Forms blog, there is a post that highlights four things you should consider when selecting a plugin for your site.

I think saying that you should look at who has made the plugin might be a bit misleading as it can be hard to keep on top of who the high-quality developers or development companies are in an ever-changing landscape. Some of the people they point to in their article have bought and sold plugins developed by others. Heck, even I’ve been listed in the credits for helping develop a plugin and I am no programmer. I was the project manager on the project, which only means that all the successes were because of the developers and any bugs or issues were because of me.

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That’s it for today’s WP Minute, thank you all for watching.

Sources:
Monitor User Activity in WordPress
How to Find WordPress Plugin Gems