Does WordPress MySQL db have a history of core & plug-in updates? (3 posts)

  1. faddah
    Posted 3 years ago #

    hi all,

    i'm wondering if the MySQL db we all user for our WordPress instances has a table that keeps a record of all the updates we do and the date they were updated, core, themes and plug-ins? an update history, as it were?

    the reason i ask — i've had a number of updates in the past two weeks. some time in these past two weeks i updated something that changed the background color in two of my widget columns on my theme somehow (extended child theme of twentyeleven theme). i'd like to go back and look at the updates from the past couple of weeks and figure which is the culprit here, if any.

    if someone could let me know if there is a way to look back at your wordpress update history and see what was updated/installed when, i would really appreciate knowing how to access that. and in what database table & field it is in for MySQL, if any.

    please advise. thank you.


    — faddah wolf
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  2. Pioneer Web Design
    Posted 3 years ago #

    i updated something that changed the background color in two of my widget columns on my theme somehow

    Most likely a plugin recently added is using the same CSS class or ID (and loading after the theme CSS)...to check, deactivate all plugins, then activate one at a time and check site...when the issue(s) come back, you will know which plugin is at issue and use a different one or contact the plugin dev.

  3. faddah
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Seacoast Web Design —

    well, o.k., thank you for that, sure. yes, i know that is the one tried and true way to fish out which plug-in zotz'd my site, sure. i remember testing for stuff like this with old mac os classic 9 or less for extension/control-panel conflicts, sure.

    however, that does not really answer my question. what i still want to know is: does the wordpress MySQL database keep a historic record, with date and time, of updates, and if so, where can it be found, please?

    i have updated a number of plug-ins in the last two months. i would like to narrow it down to just the plug-ins i have updated in the last two weeks, when i know the error occurred, just can't remember all of them. i know it wasn't my fiddling with the css or php, as i have not touched that in a year.

    besides all this, i think it would be helpful to have some db method by which you can fetch your update history, core, themes and plug-ins, even if i didn't have this problem. a sort of update history manifest to help track issues.

    if you wish to see my wordpress site where this is happening, see —> http://ialsowent.com/

    i've done a temporary band-aid fix, adding to my child theme style.css —

    #main {
        overflow: hidden;

    ...to the #main div so the background color is back to the same as the primary for the two widget sidebars, but i'd like to find out what update in the last two weeks did it so i can remove that.

    again, really want to know if the wordpress MySQL db keeps a historic record of updates, and if so, what table to access it in? that is my question.

    thank you.


    — faddah wolf

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