In the past few days the plugin repository has been flooded with new plugins for helping WordPress-powered sites protest the SOPA/PIPA bills. Everyone is rallying together to speak out against this very destructive bill that will be voted on January 24, 2012. An organized blackout will take place on January 18th. The following plugins will make it possible for you to participate in the blackout and/or protest on your own site with just a couple clicks. It’s not too late!
Stop SOPA Ribbon
This plugin adds a simple black ribbon with the words “Stop SOPA” to the top right corner of your website. The ribbon links to the American Censorship website.
Censor Me is a plugin that helps you to protest censorship legislation. It essentially turns your site off The admin bar is left in place so that you can get in to turn the plugin on or off. Check out the live demo.
The SOPA Blackout plugin adds a temporary 503 status and customisable page on your site to help you automatically join the blackout on January 18th. The page displayed during the blackout is entirely customizable through the plugin’s settings page and your search engine rankings will not be affected because it sends a 503 status.
The Stop SOPA plugin adds a small protest box to your website which is collapsed by default. The box appears once clicked. The settings page allows you to specify the position of the protest box. It also includes a “Blackout Day” option that you can turn on in order to have your site participate in the January 18th blackout.
Simple SOPA Blackout
We featured this plugin a few days ago, as it was one of the first available for making it easy to join the blackout. It works on January 18th to blackout your site between 8am and 8pm local time.
SOPA Blackout Plugin
The SOPA Blackout plugin has a few more options than the others of its kind. The settings allow you to select the blackout dates as well as a variety of options for when the anti-SOPA message is shown. If you want, you can elect to show the message only on the first time the visitor is on your site and then allow them to continue through. You can also set a cookie, configure the display link, and set the page on which the SOPA message is displayed.
This plugin enables WordPress-powered websites to ‘go dark’ on January 18th with a customizable message and start/end times. You can customize the message displayed on the front end in protest of SOPA/PIPA and optionally display either a stylized “Censored” sign or seal.