I have a client whose site was broken by a plugin and instead of deactivating plugins, they deleted some kind of 'visual editor' plugin.

We managed to get the site back up and running and updated all the plugins.

HOWEVER - they don't remember the plugin for the visual editor.

Is there any place in the security logs or someplace where we can identify what the plugins WERE before they deleted them.

Does anyone know a way to check the logs so we can identify the name of the plugin my client deleted?


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    I would search the wp-options table for meta_key values that were left behind. They may betray what plugin they came from. – Jos Jan 19 '19 at 23:18
  • You could check the post contents. If there were shortcodes left behind by the visual editor this could give you a clue as to which visual editor was used. – admcfajn Jan 20 '19 at 0:43
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    Most hosting companies have backups, you could look in the plugins folder of a backup – RiddleMeThis Jan 20 '19 at 5:39
  • You might be able to determine this from the server access logs, I think WP includes the list of plugins to delete in the request URL. – J.D. Jan 22 '19 at 17:09

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