I work with a variety of clients and each company's IT security policies vary greatly. Some clients are happy to give me full keys to the castle with access to everything, other clients lock everything down to the smallest details.
For an open-source free platform, Umbraco is a great choice, however, out of the box, it has no inbuilt feature to clear out the constant influx of data to the log database.
On a recent project, the Umbraco log was getting quite large (it hadn't been cleaned in over 4 years) and the network team estimated it would take them several months before they could get around to looking at the issue.
When you deal with clients that have a dispersed company structure where everyone is only looking out for their self-interests, I find life a lot easier and quicker if you can find processes where your team can be self-sufficient, without having to rely on other departments in order to reach your targets
Luckily, like a lot of CMS systems Umbraco provides the ability for third-party modules to be installed into your web project. One of those free modules is called, F.A.L.M Housekeeping - by Adriano Fabri.
If you find yourself in a similar IT dilemma, or you just want to add the ability to allow content editors to view and clean the log files within the UMbraco backend, then F.A.L.M is an essential add-in.
F.A.L.M. provides several features that Umbraco doesn't to help you organize and de-clutter your Umbraco environment. Some of the features provided by F.A.L.M. include removing leftover media items for pages that have been deleted, removing back office users, clearing content item versions, and the all important viewing of the deleting Umbraco log events.
Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge