Getting Started with External Databases & Third Party Services

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The WP Activity Log plugin can be connected to external databases (i.e. non WordPress databases) and third party services so you can:

This getting started guide explains how these solutions work and how you can configure them to better manage your WordPress activity log.

Introduction to External Databases & Services Connections

The process to configure the storing of the activity log of your WordPress site in an external database, or archive, or mirror it is very simple. You need to:

  1. Create a connection
  2. Configure that connection for storing, archiving or mirroring.

Refer to configuring and managing external databases and third party services connections for your activity log for more detailed information.

Storing the WordPress Activity Log in an External Database

There are several reasons why you would want to store the activity log of your WordPress site on an external database, such as:

  • Segregation of log data from website data (security)
  • Adhering to regulatory compliance rules
  • Better manage your WordPress database size (performance, backups etc)

Regardless of why you need to do it, follow the  storing the WordPress activity logs in an external database guide for a detailed but easy to follow step by step guide.

Archiving the WordPress Activity Log to an External Database

Archiving is the process of storing old activity log data in a separate database. There are many reasons why you might need to archive old WordPress activity log data, though mainly one would do it to have a smaller main activity log database, making it more manageable and faster.

Refer to how to archive old WordPress activity log data guide for a detailed but easy to follow step by step guide.

Mirroring the WordPress Activity Log

Mirroring is a very important feature and it is typically used to:

  • Have a backup or secondary copy of the logs
  • Send the activity logs of your WordPress site to a central logging solution

You can mirror the activity logs of the WP Activity Log plugin to another external database, your server’s local syslog or a remote syslog, Slack, and Papertrail. Below are the links to our getting started guides, which are written in an easy to follow step by step format: