The Auditor has been in beta for some time and was finally launched yesterday by Interconnect/IT. The plugin, as the title implies, creates an audit trail of all of the actions that have been carried out on a WordPress website, bringing a new level of ease to debugging client sites. From the website:
One day, a client of ours changed a WordPress setting. An important one. He didn’t tell us. He just told us his site was broken and it needed fixing, urgently. We were only able to guess at what had happened.
We realised that we weren’t the only people with this problem – if you administer WordPress sites, you need to know what other people are doing when they’re logged in. You need to know when something’s been changed.
After six months of development and testing, The Auditor was born.
The plugin lets you:
- track user productivity
- set up custom logging functionality
- view a website’s recent history
- track for security issues
At USD $249 dollars, The Auditor is significantly more expensive than most WordPress plugins, but I think that the initial outlay will pay dividends in the time saved trying to figure out what a client has done to break their website. What do you think? Can you see yourself investing?∞
I think it is an awesome idea. I saw a demo of this at WordCamp Edinburgh and meant to try and get myself into the beta trials, but somehow totally forgot about it until reading this post this morning.
It’s expensive, but the sort of people who would be likely to use it, also will not care.
Siobhan McKeown says
Yeah – that’s what I think. If you need a plugin like this then $249 USD is nothing to you.
David Coveney says
We laboured over the pricing for *ages* but in presenting the plugin at WordCamp Edinburgh we realised that the real interest came from agencies and corporates – both of whom would get a lot of value out of the plugin.
Anybody buying now will effectively be rewarded with a lifetime of free updates and support on unlimited sites – a bit like Gravity Forms did with their licensing for early buyers. I always think that folk who invest early deserve to be rewarded for their faith!
Daan Kortenbach says
I’ve used simple logging scripts before to trace user actions which wrote directly to a log file. Simple but very usefull. This plugin however steps up in a big way so not only developers, but also project managers and site owners can use it. That makes it very valueable imho.
Added to my wishlist.