Getting Started with WP Activity Log Reports

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WP Activity Log includes a Reports module that allows you to run Activity Reports and Statistics Reports. Both of these reports can be very useful to quickly and succinctly digest multiple log entries or even present information to stakeholders in a way that can be quickly disseminated.

Both Activity Reports and Statistics Reports can be accessed by navigating to WP Activity Log > Reports. They are separated through different tabs, allowing you to easily select the type of report that you want to run.

WordPress activity log reports

What is the difference between activity reports and statistics reports?

Activity reports, also referred to as reports, act as an activity log data filter with an export function. This essentially allows you to pick and choose which activities you would like to see and then export those activities. The exported file can then be shared with others who may want or need to view the data.

Statistics reports, on the other hand, present a compressed view of the data that meets the selected parameters of the report filter. Rather than individual entries, such as the date and time a user logged in, it will give you a bird’s eye view of what happened, such as how many times a user logged in within the selected timeframe.

Both reports offer similar options, albeit in a different order. Either way, you will need to make the following selections:

  1. Date Range – The date range is the starting date and the end date for which data will be included in the report.
  2. Report Format – WP Activity Log can output reports in different formats, which you can choose from depending on what the report will be used for.
  3. Criteria and Filters – Through criteria and filters, you can choose exactly what you want to include in the report.

Saved Reports section

All activity and statistics reports are automatically saved under the Saved reports tab. You can also find them by navigating to the wp-content/uploads/wp-activity-log/reports WordPress directory.

Saved reports can be re-downloaded at any time before they are automatically deleted after 30 days from the day on which they were generated. You can also delete them manually by clicking on the Delete button.

Saved WordPress activity log reports

Generating the WordPress reports

Other options such as sorting type and customization options are also available depending on the type of report that you want to run. More information about this can be found in the respective how-tos:

How to run WordPress Activity Reports

How to run WordPress Statistics Reports

Reports can also be customized to meet branding and visual guidelines through the WordPress activity reports white labeling options. You can also set customized periodical WordPress reports to be sent automatically.