The Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act will make things worse online by imposing unnecessary regulation over the Web. To protest these two horrible bills, major websites (including Google and Wikipedia) will "blackout" their content on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. We're joining in too, and will be shutting down DigWP.com on that day. You too can get involved and let your voice be heard! To make things easy, here is a list of stop-SOPA/PIPA plugins to help blackout your WordPress-powered site.
"This plugin allows you to set SOPA blackout dates for your WordPress website, as well as a variety of options on who the anti-SOPA is shown too. You can have it shown instead of your site for any visitor, you can only show it the first time then let your visitors continue to the site, plus a lot more. This plugin is SEO friendly with temporary redirects being used."
@ 8,516 downloads
"SOPA Strike will automatically redirect all users of your blog to the sopastrike.com homepage on Wednesday, January 18th. It automatically adds your blog name and URL to a list of protestors which will be featured on the website."
@ 7,425 downloads
"On the Tuesday 24th January 2012, the US Senate will vote on the internet censorship bill. Whilst it is an American law, it has far reaching repurcusions for the web as a whole. Sites such as Reddit have said that on January 18th they are going to go dark between 8am and 8pm. This plugin will let you join the cause. On 18th January your site will display a customisable page. Search engine rankings will not be affected as the plugin sends a 503 status."
@ 5,175 downloads
"A black ribbon with the words "Stop SOPA" will be put on in the top right corner of your website, linking to the American Censorship website. Look at the screenshots to see how the ribbon looks. Check out the Help Stop SOPA/PIPA entry in the WordPress news too. Thank you for showing your support!"
@ 4,491 downloads
"This plugin enables websites to 'go dark' on January 18th with a customizable message and start/end times to protest SOPA/PIPA and Internet Censorship. It enables you to customize the message displayed on the front end, and optionally display either a stylized 'Censored' sign or seal. When 'dark' your website will return a 503 Service Temporarily Unavailable status code so as to not damage your search engine rankings, as well as specify the length of time for the visitor to try back after."
@ 3,338 downloads
@ 2,656 downloads
@ 1,606 downloads
"The plugin adds small protest box to your website. By default it's collapsed, but once clicked, the Stop SOPA box appears. On settings page you can specify the position of the protest box: either at the right bottom corner or at the middle right edge. You also can turn on/off "Blackout Day" option. In this case website will show black screen (click demo link below to view the screenshot) and return 503 status (no problems with search engines) on 18th January 2012, 8:00AM - 8:00PM (server time). By placing this box on our WordPress websites we are protesting against of SOPA."
@ 1,321 downloads
"This plugin is essentially an "off switch" for your website. When activated, the site is mostly blacked out by a banner for the americancensorship.org website. As the admin bar is left uncovered, all that is needed to reverse this is deactivating the plugin. Join many other WordPress sites in protesting censorship legislation being considered by the US Congress!"
@ 440 downloads
"The site will look dark and will have just one spot of light. This spot of light will move with the mouse cursor, and the message will revealed."
@ 29 downloads
"an SEO Company developed this plugin which will schedule a temporary redirect for all your incoming WordPress blog traffic to the official Stop SOPA page, where people can cast their vote- Congress is about to pass internet censorship, even though the vast majority of Americans are opposed. We need to kill the bill - PIPA in the Senate and SOPA in the House - to protect our rights to free speech, privacy, and prosperity."
@ 19 downloads
..is popping up everywhere! The Google Homepage is a great place to start, plus here are a couple of other resources:
May the force be with us!