WP Lookout gives you lots of flexibility in the notifications you can receive about plugin and theme activity.

Daily digests by email is the default, and users on our paid plans can add additional notification destinations, including immediate emails that are delivered as soon as a significant update is tracked, messages sent to Slack channels, POSTs to custom webhook servers and a custom RSS feed URL.

The notification destination creation form.


Users on our free plan will get a daily summary of any significant updates that have happened in the last 24 hours, for all themes and plugins that you track. If no significant changes have happened, you won’t get an email.

The immediate email notifications available to subscribers will be sent as soon as we detect a change. We’ll send one email per theme or plugin tracked. Example:

For email notifications, please enter a valid email address that you control.


For Slack notifications, please enter a Slack incoming webhook URL as generated when you add the Incoming Webhooks application to your Slack account. Consider using a destination channel where it’s okay for bots to post frequently.

Note that Slack now suggests you create a “Slack app” as a part of enabling and configuring incoming webhooks on your Slack instance. However, for now you can still use their legacy method to add Incoming Webhooks to an existing Slack instance without this extra step.


For a custom webhook, please enter a valid webhook server URL that can receive POST payloads. The payload will be structured like this:

'payload' => (
	'message' => 'A human friendly description of the event',
	'type' => 'What kind of software the event is about (e.g. plugin or theme)'
	'name' => 'The name of the software the event is about'
	'url' => 'A url with more information about the software and/or event'

RSS Feeds

For RSS feeds, you can access the custom RSS feed URL from your Notifications settings in WP Lookout.

(Please do not share your custom RSS feed URL with anyone else.)

RSS feeds are updated approximately every hour, please don’t query them more often than this.