Review your site traffic with the Traffic Watch Viewer (Traffic Log)
Traffic Watch Viewer is a great tool you can use to review all logs of HTTP requests made to your WordPress site.
How to review your WordPress site traffic
To do this, simply enable Traffic Watch module first and configure it on the way you want.
Once you've done that, simply use the View Traffic section to get a more informed view on your site traffic.
Traffic Viewer (View Traffic section) provides a summary of each request including:
- IP address (and Geo-location)
- WP username (if logged-in)
- request path (including any query parameters)
- the HTTP response code for the request e.g. 200 (a successful request)
- whether the request was offense against the Shield Security plugin
Note: If you click on the particular IP address, an IP Lists section page will open up in the separate tab. Here you'll be able to analyse this IP.
You can also filter display of entries in the log table from inside the Traffic Viewer and filter log entries by:
- Visitor IP address and status (if currently blocked or not)
- What page/path contains
- Response status code
- Visitor username and if they logged in or not.
Please note that, if you enter visitor username, "Logged-in" filter will be ignored.
- If a visitor's logged in or not
- Whether the request was offense or not
You can also use filters, for example filter by offense and page type:
You can also use the Ctrl button in the filters to select multiple logs, for example
Traffic log entries example
Let's have a look at these 2 log entries:
Apart from the visitor's IP address and other data, we can also see that:
- Visitor has loaded the login page:
- And then, the same visitor tried to login to this site:
- Visitor has failed to login to this site and the request was offense against the Shield.
- The response status code for this page is 200 (a successful request).
Note: The actual response depends on the request method used. In a POST request, the response contains an entity describing or containing the result of the action.
Status codes are best described in this article here.
These 2 entries seem identical. Why then the Viewer displays them both?
Even if these 2 entries seem identical, they're actually not. The difference is in GET and POST:
- GET: "/wp-login.php" - means that the visitor has loaded the login page only (not attempted to login).
- POST: "/wp-login.php" - means that the visitor has attempted to login (entered login details).
GET and POST are best explained in the second part of this article here.
These xmlrpc.php entries could be XML-RPC brute force amplification attacks that are successfully blocked by Shield.
XML-RPC is enabled by default in WordPress because it helps connecting your WordPress site with web and mobile apps. However because of it’s powerful nature, XML-RPC can significantly amplify the brute-force attacks.
To learn how to block XML-RPC brute force amplification attacks, read this article here.
Note: Under the "IP Status", Traffic Viewer also shows the number of offenses against plugin. Plus, if a visitor has exceeded the offense limit, their IP is immediate blocked from accessing your site. Traffic Viewer will also show IP status "Blocked". For example:
You can further analyse that particular IP by using IP Analysis tool or do this directly from within Traffic Viewer. Just click the IP address link and a new window will show up. For example:
For more information about the Traffic Watch module, read the release article here.