I had no idea Stream existed until one of the devs mentioned it in the WordPress Australia slack chat. I decided to try it out and quickly fell in love with it, it's one of those plugins that you don't know you need until you find it. I did find a couple of issues but these were addressed promptly and they have a good system set up on Github. I believe this plugin could be invaluable for many sites and I'll certainly be recommending it.
This is one of those plugins that you don't know you need, but once you find it and use it, you could not imagine running a WP site without it. As a web developer it is invaluable for seeing who did what that suddenly made the site crash, or all the text turn yellow, and I find it especially useful when letting plugin developers into the back end to fix problems.
Easy to install and use.
A big Thumbs Up to the Stream Team for making such an excellent plugin.
It is really comforting when having Stream installed to be able to see the changes that users are making to the site. When working with a less-technical client, having Stream is really helpful in a support request to be able to understand what they may have done wrong.
Disclosure: I've contributed to this project and I am affiliated with it.
I've followed Stream closely over the years and became a "Pro" subscriber with the 2.0 release. Stream had a lot of growing pains and while I was willing to go along with it I wasn't a big fan of the move to the cloud. I've been thrilled to see the "return to basics" with this 3.0 release and I'm excited to see where Stream goes from here.
Great plugin that has gone back to its strong roots. Really handy when working on a site with a team and I want to check out recent activity.
Monetizing the Stream plugin as a hosted service provides a slew of problems such as data retention laws and non-connected installs (intranets etc).
The hosted portion should have been added as an extra addon plugin that would allow data to be collected to the cloud instead of locally.
John Blackbourn summed it up nicely:
Stream does the job for admin logs and looks great!
The 2.0 Update could have rolled out much more effectively but this is a solid plugin.
This plugin has helped save me so much time troubleshooting issues. When clients call not understanding why certain things are happening or not happening, I can easily trace down the actions they've taken to this point and see what mistakes they're making or discover if there are actual bugs that need to be addressed.
I agree with everyone else that the update to 2.0 was interesting. I don't feel like there was much warning that the plugin was transitioning from a product to a service, and it almost feels like things were hi-jacked, but in reality the new version is sweet, it still has a free option and the pro options are super affordable for the value they provide.
I seriously don't think I'll work on another WP site without this plugin installed.
All feature is in pro version.
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