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Digital Deads Man Switch (DDSM)

Description

This Plugin will send a text of your choice to an email address(es) in the unfortunate case in which you lose ability to access your blog, due to disability or, I hope not, untimely death. Useful for sending your person of choice your blog password, domain password, web host’s control panel password, your e-mail password, etc. — and to avoid your digital legacy being lost forever.

Why this plugin ?

WordPress, the famous blog platform, is running around 25% of ALL websites on the internet, so I’m pretty sure that, statistically, your own online activity may revolve around this tool. That, or for people you know.

But what’s going to happen in case they don’t have the time to set up a proper digital will, or time to brief their executor? What if, your website itself could contact your executor if you’re not active on this website anymore?

What does this plugin do ?

It handles what happens after we die. It monitors your own visits to your wordpress system, and will send you a warning email after a number of weeks (of your choice) without a visit. If you fail to visit your blog even after that, the system will send a mail you wrote to whoever you choose.

All time intervals and messages are customizable.

The plugin will at the same time publish a page that you’d saved as a draft as your new frontpage – if you want to – so that your readers will know something happened to you.

This should be used to have someone keep your blog on the air in the unfortunate case of something mishappening to you.

This plugin is also useful for those that want their blog to out-live them, and serve as an online memorial. Even without use of this plugin, all are recommended to make sure someone can handle their website in case of emergency.

Contribute ?

  • Send a donation? Always appreciated : send it to 18qQxdVuTcfpij75WipnRB4prW74mHEfEZ
  • Send a quick message
  • Give your opinions about the plugin
  • Drop us a line – eleanore AT digitaldeathguide.com !
  • Thanks to Tzafrir for letting us resume his work =) http://tzafrir.net/nextofkin/

Screenshots

  • Setting up the plugin
  • First messages : the reminders
  • Second half of messages
  • Changing your homepage upon your death

Installation

Easy as pie
* Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/plugin-name directory, or install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
* Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in WordPress
* Use the Settings->Plugin Name screen to configure the plugin

FAQ

Shall I keep my passwords in the mails to be sent?

No. Definitely no.

Why do I need to use a plugin like this? I’m going to live for ever!

No, you’re not.

I got a warning email, what do I do?

Go to your options panel, and hit Reset.

Does this count only visits to my dashboard, or will it know me when I visit the blog?

Every visit to your wordpress system, blog or dashboard, count, as long as you are logged in.

What if I just don’t care much for my blog, and visit it only once every few months?

First, you can set the time intervals, up to 30 weeks before the system assumes you’re no longer. Secondly, maybe this plugin is not for you. The idea behind this plugin is that we visit our blogs daily, if not hourly, so if something happens to you, the blog will be the first to feel it.

I’m not using this plugin because I’m afraid my mother will get a false email from me saying I’m dead!

The system will first send you a warning email after a default time period of two weeks without a visit. A week later it will send you another warning, and also a warning to your chosen next of kin, whom you can ask to contact you and tell you to go in and reset. only after these two time periods, will the plugin allow itself to assume the worst.

How do I know when the trigger will trigger ?

You’ll know (if still opening your mail) that you haven’t been connecting to your wordpress platform as you will receive a mail stating that you haven’t.

Reviews

September 3, 2016
When you have a WP platform, it's always useful to know that you won't loose everything once you're dead... at least someone will be able to take over your site. Helps to sleep =) Eating one's dog food.. I'm using it for my heirs.
September 3, 2016
Everyone can die, I know, and idea of transfer your important digital data to some person seems like a good point, but overly this is a grime and dark idea. Still good idea with nice realization. By the way default month range seems very short for me; turned it to three months.
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Contributors & Developers

“Digital Deads Man Switch (DDSM)” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

Version 0.0

  • Adding screenshots
  • First release!

Version 0.2

  • Adding updates for newest updates.