Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Joomla!® is evolving to improve existing features and introduce new features.

Here, UsingJoomla.com wants to explain a little about a new feature of Joomla since Joomla version 3.9

Sometimes you may have more than person who is looking after your Joomla website - maybe another Administrator, an author, or a Manager.

These multiple people can be "doing things" - updating an extension, uninstalling an extension, installing an extension, writing or editing an article - the list could go on.

Or, maybe there is one person - yourself - doing all of these things.

Over time you may want to know who did what and when.

Now, since Joomla version 3.9 there is a new feature - "User Actions" Logs.

The User Actions component provides an audit log of User Actions.

Extensions are able to link into this User Actions system.

There are a number of Plugins associated with the User Actions feature:

  • System - User Actions Log - When enabled, you can set within this plugin how many days to store logs for - for example logs for the last 5 days;
  • Action Log - to record the actions of users for core extensions, this needs to be enabled;
  • Privacy - Actions Log - when enabled, this combines with the new Joomla in-built feature of Privacy agreement. This Plugin allows the export of User Action Logs for a user's data request;

User Actions Log Module - This is an Administrator Module - which can be set up and displayed in your site's Administrator area - when you log-in to the Administrator area of your website you can see at a glance the latest actions that have been carried out on your website.

Within the component you can choose which events to log from a provided list:

  • Articles;
  • Banners;
  • Cache;
  • Categories;
  • Configuration Manager;
  • Contacts;
  • Installer;
  • Media;
  • Menus;
  • Messaging;
  • Modules Manager;
  • News Feeds;
  • Plugins;
  • Redirects;
  • Tags;
  • Templates;
  • Users;

You can also choose whether or not to log the IP address used at the time of the event.

When viewing the log containing the User Actions there are a number of tasks you can undertake:

  • Purge all of the actions;
  • Export the selected actions in CSV (Comma Separated Variable) format;
  • Export the whole log in CSV format;
  • Delete the selected action(s);

If you are a "Super User" you can also set to receive email notifications of User Event Log events - this is set up through your own (Super User) profile.

This core Joomla component is still quite new, at the time of writing this article - Joomla extension developers are currently in the process linking their own components into this core Joomla component.