A few months ago, I released a new plugin in the WordPress repository: the WP Changes Tracker plugin, which seemed to hit an old yet barely covered need in the community: track all system changes and maintain a wordpress installation changelog.

The need / problem space

Have you ever found yourself in the situation where you – or someone else, your customer for instance – updated a series of plugins causing no obvious trouble, only to find out a few days later that something went terribly wrong… But what? What were those plugins that i upgraded? And which one is the culprit? Until now, I personally had to rely on my own note taking or – worse – my goldfish-sized hyper caffeinated memory.

If you have been in the same situation, cry no more. This plugin keeps track of many changes made to your wordpress structure: core, network, plugins and options, for now. It allows you to maintain a wordpress changelog if you like.

WordPress changelog plugin Roadmap

Right now, I plan to add the following features:

  • track theme changes
  • Keep track of user-made changes to content

Other ideas for improvement? Hit that comment box!

You can download the WP Changes Tracker plugin here.