How to Build Your Personal Brand Using WordPress

Are you trying to build a personal brand? In today’s age, anyone can look you up on the internet and learn more about you. WordPress can help you display the best information to help you build trust, following, and a great reputation online. In this article, we will show you how to build your personal brand using WordPress.

Becoming a thought leader

Why and Who Needs Personal Branding?

By definition, personal branding is the practice of people marketing themselves and their careers as brands.

In our opinion, everyone needs to build personal brand. Whether you are an entrepreneur, small business owner, doctor, professor, real-estate broker, or a student.

In today’s information age, anyone can Google your name and learn a lot more about you than you can imagine. Building a personal brand allows you to market yourself on the internet.

Personal branding helps you not just earn trust, which in itself is invaluable. You can also build a following, become a thought leader, make friends, and find a lot of new opportunities.

Even if you don’t like the idea of marketing yourself as a product, you will still be judged by what you put online.

Let’s take a look how you can build an online brand for yourself that helps you succeed.

Build a Website

Building your website

First thing you need to do is to build yourself a personal website.

While having social media profiles is great, social networks come on and go. You need a platform of your own where you can publish anything you want. A platform where you are the star.

Building a website with WordPress is extremely easy. You will need a WordPress hosting service and a domain name.

WordPress recommended hosting companies like Bluehost and Siteground are offering WPBeginner readers an exclusive 50% off discount and a free domain.

Most hosting service providers offer one click WordPress installs which allows you to be up and running with your own WordPress powered website in no time.

You can also take advantage of our free WordPress blog setup service .

Get a Personal Branding WordPress Theme

The way your website look is very important to make a good first impression.

WordPress comes with tons of free and premium themes.

For personal brand building, our favorite theme is GetNoticed by Michael Hyatt.

Get Noticed WordPress Theme for Personal Branding

Our founder and CEO Syed Balkhi also uses the GetNoticed on his personal website.

You can also find some awesome WordPress themes at StudioPress and Themify .

Start Building an Email List

Start building an email list

The most important thing you can do for the success of any website is build an email list .

Your personal website is no exception.

Before you do anything else, signup for an email service provider like MailChimp or AWeber .

MailChimp is the easiest to use, and they have a free version to start with.

We have a detailed guide on using MailChimp with WordPress , it will help you get started with in minutes.

Creating Content for Your Personal Website

Creating a website can be made easy with WordPress, but you will still need to add content.

Your content must be relevant to your industry, add value to your readers, and should help you showcase your skills.

About Page

About page

You need to create an about page where users can learn more about you.

Many personal site owners use their about page as the front page of their website .

Use the about page to tell users who you are, what you do, awards you have won, and link to some samples of your work.

Let users know how they can get in touch with you through social media and by email. Take a look at our CEO, Syed Balkhi’s about page for inspiration.

You should also check out 6 Common About Page Mistakes That Are Killing Your Conversions

Contact Page

Contact Page

A lot of people don’t want to contact you through social media. This is why you will see contact pages on almost every website on the internet.

You need to add a contact page on your website with information about how users can send you a quick message.

WordPress does not come with a built in contact form. However, there are some excellent contact form plugins that you can install.

We recommend using Gravity Forms and use it on all of our websites.


Why you should add a blog?

By default WordPress comes with a blog on the front page. It is totally up to you whether you want to have a blog on your site or not. You can actually create a WordPress site with no blog and just a few pages.

However, adding a blog to your site has tremendous benefits. First of all, blogs are meant to be regularly updated, this means you can add fresh content to your site as often as you want.

Blog also provides your users a reason to visit your site again and again. With each visit, your personal brand will strengthen and become more recognizable to the users.

Blogs are casual, so you don’t need to spend too much time on writing lengthy essays. You can write short, useful, and insightful articles on a regular basis.

Each article brings users from search engines to your website. These users can then sign up for your email list, and you can reach them any time you want.

Add a Portfolio

Adding a portfolio to your WordPress site

Portfolios are not just for designers or photographers. No matter what industry you belong to, you can add your most successful projects to your portfolio.

This helps others quickly look at the things you have done, and it’s a great way to build trust.

Adding portfolio to your WordPress website is fairly easy. See our guide on how to add a portfolio to your WordPress site .

Adding Testimonials in WordPress

WPBeginner's testimonials

Testimonials help you show off what other are saying about you.

This kind of social proof helps you establish authority and develop trust.

Adding testimonials to your WordPress site is quite easy. First you need to install and activate the Testimonials Widget plugin.

It allows you to easily create and add testimonials using shortcode. Next, decide where you want to display testimonials. You can add them to your site’s sidebar, or you can create a dedicated page for testimonials.

Going Viral With Social

Going viral on social media with WordPress

WordPress and social go hand in hand. There are countless WordPress plugins that allow you to add social buttons and sharing widgets to your site. However, many of them will slow down your website.

We recommend you to use Floating Social Bar , its the best social media plugin for WordPress. We use a slightly modified version of it on all our websites.

Floating Social Bar encourages users to share your content. It does not add links to your social media profile. You will have to use simple social icons plugin to add social media buttons to your sidebar.

You may also want to check out these 7 must have social media tools and plugins for bloggers that will help you use social media like pro.

Create Galleries and Slides

As humans, we love colors and visuals. Our brains are just wired that way.

You should use the power of visual imagery to build your personal brand. If you are a designer or photographer, then you probably already have stunningly beautiful content to display on your site.

WordPress comes with a basic gallery function, but it is not as pretty as we would like it to be.

If you regularly add image galleries to your WordPress site, then you will need Envira Gallery . It will help you easily add beautiful responsive image galleries in WordPress.

Sliders are highly engaging, this is why you see them on every other website on the internet. With WordPress, you can add sliders to your site without hiring a designer or developer.

There are so many slider plugins for WordPress, finding the right one can be tricky. This is why we compared them to find out the best WordPress slider plugin.

Add Appointments and Consultation

If you offer professional help and advice to users, then your WordPress site can be used to handle appointments. You can signup for a service like Clarity which allows users to book your time to get personal advice.

You can also use one these WordPress appointment and booking plugins for a more integrated experience. These plugins can display calendars, availability, and you can even accept payments right from your own site.

We hope this article helped you learn how to build your personal brand using WordPress. These WordPress tools will help you get started, but there is a lot more you can do with your site. Check out these 40 useful tools to manage and grow your WordPress site .

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Create This Surreal and Medieval Style of a Battlefield in Photoshop

You will know, how to make this epic photomanipulation in medieval-fantasy style. I’ll show you, how to mix stock, use transforms and how to change colors on further photomanipulations. You will know, how to use blurs and colors in making perspective in photomanipulations. I’ll show as well, how to use Topaz Clean 3 plug-in in works.

What you’ll be creating

Composition “Field of glory” is showing dropped sword in the background of battlefield. I’ll show how to use adjustment layers, how to make fog in the picture and how to use Topaz Filter. You’ll need Photoshop CS5 or newer to follow this tutorial. You’ll need Topaz Clean 3 plugin to Photoshop as well.


Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Create new file. Go to File > New… (Ctrl + N)


Step 2

Place “caimari” stock to created file.


Step 3

dd new adjustment layer with Hue/Saturation. Go to Layer > New adjustment layer > Hue/Saturation or use marked shortcut.


Step 4

Add new layer (Layer > New > Layer… , Shift + Ctrl + N or marked shortcut). Use big, soft round brush, choose #232827 color. Draw flat shadow on mountains.


Step 5

Change blending mode of this layer to Soft light. Decrease opacity to 12%.


Step 6

Duplicate created layer with shadow – drag it and drop to new layer symbol or go to Layer > Duplicate layer.


Step 7

Change blending mode of this layer to “Normal” and change opacity to 15%.


Step 8

Add new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N or marked shortcut). Use big, soft round brush, choose #c6b69b color. You’ll create lights on mountains – draw some strokes on the edges of mountains.


Step 9

Change blending mode of this layer to Overlay.


Step 10

Add new adjustment layer with Hue/Saturation – you’ll gently decrease lights on stock image. Go to Layer > New adjustment layer > Hue/Saturation or use marked shortcut.


Step 11

Add new adjustment layer with Color Balance. You’ll add blue tone to shadows. (Layer > New adjustment layer > Color Balance or use marked shortcut).


Step 12

Add new adjustment layer with Color Balance (Layer > New adjustment layer > Color Balance or use marked shortcut).


Step 13

Place “Battlefield sky” stock – drag it and drop to your file.


Step 14

Use hard round brush and mask area with mountains.


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It’s Extremely Rare for Large Ships Like El Faro to Disappear

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El Faro—a 790-foot cargo ship whose name means “lighthouse”—has apparently sunk in the Atlantic Ocean, the U.S. Coast Guard believes .

Rescuers have been searching for the container ship, which was in the path of Hurricane Joaquin, since the crew last made contact Thursday morning, saying El Faro was listing but the situation was manageable. The vessel was carrying 33 people—28 Americans and five Poles—and while searchers have found debris they believe came from the ship, they haven’t found the vessel itself or any survivors. One body has been found .

While nautical disasters remain a fact of life—everything from missing sailboats to deadly catastrophes like the Costa Concordia’s sinking or recent ferry disasters in Asia—it is exceptionally rare for a large ship like El Faro to disappear.

How rare? An analysis of vessels greater than 100 gross tons by the insurance giant Allianz found that in the past 10 years, from 2005 to 2014, only six ships were reported as “missing/overdue”—or, in other words, lost. Three were in 2005. There were none reported in 2011, 2012, 2013, or 2014.

This isn’t to say that ships don’t sink. In 2014, 49 ships “foundered,” which includes sinking or submerging—the largest category of ship losses. But often those are cases where ships sink with some warning, and most or all of the crew can be rescued. The second-largest category is ships that ran aground. (An excellent 2008 Wired story goes inside the world of ship-salvage crews that try to right these vessels.) It’s not an illusion that shipping seems safer these days. The number of total losses has decreased over the last decade.

And no ship lost in 2014 in any method—foundered, wrecked, or otherwise—was as large as El Faro, which was built in 1975 and was 790 feet long with a gross tonnage of 31,515 . The biggest cargo ship lost last year was 12,630 gross tons, and while eight of 20 crew members died, that was in a collision—not a disappearance. The Caribbean, where El Faro is missing, also sees comparatively few losses versus the South China Sea , the Mediterranean, or the British Isles.

U.S. Coast Guard members retrieve a life-preserver
ring from El Faro on Sunday. (Reuters)

It’s far too early to know what went wrong with El Faro. It’s not uncommon for cargo ships to lose containers in heavy seas, but sinking is. Allianz lists several risk factors for ships: overreliance on electronic navigation; understaffed or undertrained crews; and structural weakness. El Faro was much older than the average container ship worldwide, which is just under 11 years old , but her owner told the AP the boat was in good condition and suited to rough weather because she was built for Alaskan trade: “She is a sturdy, rugged vessel that was well maintained and that the crew members were proud of.”

Beyond that, large container ships are generally built to withstand major storms. The nature of the business is that captains still have great discretion in how they choose to handle a storm, or whether to try to avoid it. El Faro had a built-in advantage in that it was carrying cargo; an empty ship is harder to handle in rolling waves, Popular Mechanics noted in 2012 . Port has its own risks—a ship can be battered against a pier or run aground.

That encourages some captains to stay at sea. Before losing contact, El Faro radioed that it was aware of the weather and was prepared. But, retired captain f the master does decide to put to sea, he should realize that he may be exchanging a dangerous situation for a suicidal one.” If in a storm, however, the captain has to concentrate on two things, he wrote: keep plenty of room away from shore, reefs, and other obstacles; and keep the boat pointing into the waves.

Steering-way is necessary to keep the bow into the wind and waves. If the main engine fails and the ship falls off broadside to the waves, it will be in a perilous situation. The ship must also have adequate sea room to leeward, both as insurance in case she loses steering-way and to counter the effects of wind, waves, and current. If the master has any doubts about his searoom, he must make way offshore while it is still possible.

Failing all that, ships are typically equipped with enclosed lifeboats that can launch in a storm and will withstand bad conditions. In pitching seas, it can be impossible to launch a traditional, uncovered lifeboat. A boat from the famous Edmund Fitzgerald, found shorn apart after the sinking , shows their inadequacy. But a crew needs to have some warning in order to get into modern lifeboats, too. So far, searchers have found one of the ship’s two boats . It was empty.

How Race Influences Social Media Sharing

Elijah Nouvelage / Reuters

When Stephanie Williams saw that Western High School in her town of Shively, Kentucky, was on lockdown after reports of an active shooter , she quickly shared the news on Facebook. Williams—a 42-year-old registered nurse—has several friends with children at the school and wanted to make sure they knew about the situation. Outside of emergencies, she posts weekly, typically about topics related to her community, or medical articles connected to her work. “If it’s useful to me, it’s definitely useful to someone else,” she says.

Many social-media platforms have evolved to become far-reaching forums, places to share updates with everyone from friends to grandparents to erstwhile acquaintances. They’ve also emerged as go-to outlets for news stories about both national issues and regional ones. According to the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll, 60 percent of people on these platforms have used them to share information about a local issue or event. This makes sense given one of the poll’s other findings: People actually spend more time engaging on social media with those live near them (64 percent )than with those who live farther away.

The frequency of sharing is pretty consistent across individuals of different racial backgrounds. However, the topics people discuss differs greatly when the data is broken down by race.

White respondents were most likely to have posted about events or entertainment, with 60 percent having done so. Black respondents, on the other hand, were most likely to have shared information about education or schools, at 67 percent. Hispanic respondents were most likely to have shared a post on crime or public safety, with 62 percent posting on this topic. On both the subjects of education or schools and crime or public safety, white respondents were significantly less likely than their non-white counterparts to have shared any information related to the topic.

People on Social Media Who Have Shared a Post About Their Local Community, by Topic

On average, 62 percent of non-white respondents who had shared a post on social media about local issues posted about education or schools compared to 42 percent of white respondents. That same pattern holds on the issues of crime or public safety, with 56 percent of non-white respondents addressing it versus 42 percent of white respondents.

People on Social Media Who Have Shared a Post About Their Local Community, White versus Non-White Respondents

White respondents were slightly more likely to share information about events and entertainment (60 percent vs. 56 percent) and charities or fundraisers (56 percent vs. 48 percent), than non-white respondents.

Franklin Delacruz, a 34-year-old IT professional in Florida, says he shares mostly about political candidates, like Bernie Sanders, who he’s supporting in the upcoming election. Tyisha Griffiths, an 18-year-old student at Princeton University will often comment on and post items around news that she’d like to discuss further, such as the kidnapping of girls in Nigeria by Boko Haram.

Such timely posts are common. Since the poll was conducted in September, it’s possible that many of these findings reflect conversations that were contentious at the time—such as statements around immigration and crime made by Donald Trump and other Republican candidates that specifically called out Hispanic Americans.

Data has consistently shown persistent racial inequities in both education and the criminal justice system , which may help explain why such topics are discussed more heavily by these groups on social media.

“I like to get a sense of diverse viewpoints on things that are currently happening, like the Black Lives Matter movement,” says Griffiths, about her use of social media.

Discussing these views could be a huge part of the power behind such platforms: Allowing Americans near and far to have a voice and hear each other.

Why Towns Are Falling In Love With Golf Carts

A couple drive a golf cart converted to look like a fire truck in The Villages. Carlo Allegri / Reuters

One of the promotional videos for The Villages, Central Florida’s city of the old, is all about golf carts. Picture a Boomer’s take on Pimp My Ride: Some carts are souped up to look like Model Ts, fire trucks, or Thunderbirds, or colored to rep a hometown sports team. In a city with no native sons, the carts are expressions of identity.

They’re also a central mode of transportation. In The Villages, according to the book Young-Old: Urban Utopias of an Aging Society by architect Deane Simpson, there are 50,000 golf carts and 90 miles of dedicated golf-cart infrastructure. Autocentric facilities like drive-ins and car washes have been adapted. Golf-cart bridges and paths lead to golf-cart parking. One-third of trips, in this city of 110,000, are taken by cart.

In the video, one man boasts of selling his car. Another: “It is our main transportation.” A third Villager: “I could not live without my golf cart.”

Decades after they rolled off the links and into airport terminals, theme parks, and university campuses, golf carts and their heftier cousins, known as low-speed electric vehicles , are gaining currency as a mobility option in pockets of the United States. Unusually, for a transportation trend, it’s older Americans who are on the cutting edge.

Dozens of communities have outlined schemes to integrate carts and similarly sized vehicles (also called Neighborhood Electric Vehicles , or NEVs) into their transportation networks. In the Coachella Valley east of Los Angeles, NEVs are a regular sight on the streets of Palm Springs or Rancho Mirage, and even at the McDonald’s drive-through. In Greenville, South Carolina, residents use NEVs to visit neighbors, go to the farmer’s market, or catch the Greenville Drive, the local minor-league team.

Why drive a cart? Certainly, disposable income, warm weather, and relatively dense settlements are prerequisites. But drivers also say that NEVs allow for old-fashioned urban social interaction.

“It’s impossible to deny what fun these little vehicles seem to be,” the editorial board of the Greenville News wrote last year, “and how they have served to better connect neighbors in a busy world.”

Exurban, postwar Sun Belt communities were a natural site for this transportation experiment, thanks to master planning and, of course, the centrality of golf courses. Big developers like Gary Morse, the billionaire who built The Villages, could draw golf cart paths into urban design from the start, linking homes, services, shops, and recreation.

“Why would you bother to haul a huge car around everyday, especially if you don’t feel comfortable operating it anymore, when you have this other option?” asks Hannah Twaddell, a planner at the Virginia consultancy ICF International, who has studied the trend.

The vehicles’ appeal is evident beyond retirement communities. In beach towns and other compact tourist enclaves, already accustomed to a mix of transportation modes, NEVs can do a car’s job with ease. “They’re kind of like the iPad, between the iPhone and the laptop,” Twaddell says. “It’s this medium-sized tool that’s incredibly flexible.”

South of Atlanta, suburban Peachtree City now has 11,000 golf carts for 13,000 households. “It’s almost our alternate transportation system here,” says Betsy Tyler, the city clerk. Between 1995 and 2010, dozens of surrounding subdivisions authorized golf-cart use on city streets.

Kids accompanied by a parent can drive a golf cart at 12, and by freshman year, they can drive to school alone—avoiding state roads with high speed limits on an intricate network of bridges and tunnels. (That small electric vehicles don’t necessarily require a license represents a kind of freedom for both the old and the young.)

Much of Peachtree City was designed for low-speed electric vehicles. But increasingly, warm-weather towns with aging populations may look to retrofit their street grids much the same way that big cities are reworking the grid for bicycles.

East of Los Angeles, the Coachella Valley Association of Governments is drafting plans for a 45-mile, $100-million path for bikes, pedestrians, and low-speed electric vehicles along the banks of the region’s stormwater culvert, linking eight towns and hundreds of thousands of people.

“What’s different here is that we are building that kind of system into an existing urban setting,” says Tom Kirk, head of the Coachella Valley Association of Governments. “Nothing like it, to my knowledge, has ever been done before.”

The Coachella Valley parkway is a transportation project, but planners also see it as an air quality and public-health initiative. The path is anticipated to carry over a million NEV trips per year when construction is completed, reducing regional car traffic by millions of miles.

Environmentalists have reason to smile on the rise of these pint-sized vehicles. Golf carts and NEVs don’t have gas engines. They generally don’t go over 25 miles per hour. The infrastructure they require can be used by cyclists, skaters, and joggers. And their parking spaces are one-third the size of those of cars, vastly reducing the need for huge parking lots.

John Stockman, the director of Global Electric Motorcars, which announced 50 percent retail growth in 2013, sees small electric vehicles as both a last-mile solution and a cure for congestion. He imagines a world where busy city centers—not just retirement communities—are the domain of nimble, shared electric vehicles. “The big advantage is a parking advantage,” he notes.

On a spectrum ranging from pedestrians to 18-wheelers, who ought to be sharing routes?

For real-world planners, however, the surge poses an immediate problem. On a spectrum ranging from pedestrians to 18-wheelers, who ought to be sharing routes?

In areas without dedicated infrastructure, drivers take their golf carts or NEVs onto local roads , which the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has called “a safety nightmare waiting to happen.” On the other hand, those vehicles would make unpleasant companions on a typical multi-use path. Most urban greenbelts, like Scottsdale’s Indian Bend Wash, Atlanta’s Beltline, or New York’s Hudson River Greenway, do not allow recreational electric vehicles on paths.

“That’s where there’s a real difference of opinion about whether it’s safe to drive [an NEV] on a public street,” Twaddel says. “Golf carts are basically the same as bicycles in terms of safety standards and licensing requirements. But they go a whole lot faster and they’re mixed with traffic.”

An Insane Collection of 1990s GIFs

A Power Macintosh 6500 series, photographed in 1997 AP

People of the Internet, join me, as we travel back to the year 1997. It was an era of yowling modems, AOL chatrooms , and websites under construction.

And you knew they were under construction because they told you. With GIFs. Glorious, blinking, yellow and black GIFS.

Like this one:

And this one:

And this one:

And this one:

And this one:

And, well, you get the idea. If the mere glimpse of those things gives you twinges of longing, you remember a time when they were everywhere. The web was littered with them. Simple as they may appear, seeing those “under construction” GIFs in 2015 underscores a profound shift in the way people think about the web.

“It represents this utterly different philosophy that you need to know that this site is under construction, it’s not done yet,” said Jason Scott, a historian at the Internet Archive. “Now, we know all sites are not done. If your site is done, something is wrong. It’s bad. You’re either out of money or your boring.”

Scott has given this matter a good deal of thought, in part because he’s spent time collecting these lost GIFs from across the web, saving them from total obscurity. “It’s a ridiculously massive collection,” he said. And it’s worth perusing his page devoted to “under construction” GIFs , in all their frenetic 1990s glory, for yourself. (The dizzying effect you get when the page is loading was intended.)

These animations may look simple—janky, even—but it’s important to remember the web environment in which they emerged. The amount of data a website could handle was minuscule compared with today. “People might have had only three megabytes of space,” Scott said. “So they had to make their decisions.”

Today designers are making more complicated decisions, and deploying changes constantly. The web has always been under construction, but that no longer needs to be said. “The web is becoming less permanent,” Scott said, “And more of a dynamic shifting thing.”

This story is part of an occasional series about abandoned Internet imagery. Related stories here and here .

The Age of Satellites

NASA / Reuters

On this day in 1957, humans sent their first satellite into space .

Sputnik 1, named after the Russian word for “satellite,” was launched by the Soviet Union. It weighed 184 pounds and traveled at 18,000 miles per hour, circling Earth once every hour and 36 minutes and transmitting radio signals to the people on the ground. It fell out of its orbit three months later, and burned up in the atmosphere.

The United States, irked at having been beaten by the Russians in such an historic feat, caught up not long after. Explorer, the first American satellite, launched on January 31, 1958 and remained in orbit until 1970.

Today, there are about 1,350 operating satellites orbiting earth, according to the latest numbers from the Union of Concerned Scientists, a private organization that maintains a database of satellites . (Check out this cool interactive from Quartz on where exactly they all are .) The machines are used in communication, navigation, military operations and spying, weather forecasting, and more. The smallest is the size of a microchip , the biggest is the International Space Station.

About 2,600 other satellites have stopped working over the years, but continue to quietly circle the planet. The Russians, however, are no longer leading the way: Russia operates 131 satellites, while the U.S. has 549.

The satellites are among the 500,000 pieces of orbital debris, or “space junk ,” currently whirling around the Earth. If you could see all that in space, it would look like this:


How and Why you should Limit Login Attempts in your WordPress

From time to time hackers may try to break into your WordPress site by guessing your admin password. By default, WordPress allows users to try different passwords as many times as they want. This is also known as brute force attack. However, you can change this and add an extra layer of security to your WordPress site. In this article, we will show you how and why you should limit login attempts in your WordPress.

Limit login attempts in WordPress

Why you need to Limit Login Attempts in WordPress?

By default, WordPress allows users to enter passwords as many times as they want. Hackers may try to exploit this by using scripts that enter different combinations until your website cracks.

To prevent this, you can limit the number of failed login attempts per user.

For example, you can say after 5 failed attempts, lock the user out temporarily.

If someone has more than 5 failed attempts, then your site block their IP for a temporary period of time based on your settings. You can make it 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 24 hours, and even longer.

Locked out for too many login attempts

How to Limit Login Attempts in WordPress?

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Login LockDown plugin. Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Login LockDown page to configure the plugin settings.

Login LockDown settings

First you need to define how many login attempts can be made. After that choose how long a user will be unable to retry if they exceed the failed attempts.

You can also define the lockout period for IP range blocks. The default value is 60 minutes, you can adjust that if you need.

The plugin will allow users to keep trying different invalid usernames. Click on yes under lockout invalid usernames option to stop this.

By default, WordPress lets users know that whether they entered an invalid username or invalid password on failed logins. You can hide this by clicking yes under mask login errors option.

Don’t forget to click on the update settings button to store your changes.

Pro Tip

The first layer of protection to your WordPress sites is your passwords. You should always use strong passwords on your WordPress site. We understand that strong passwords are difficult to remember. But see our beginner’s guide which shows the best way to manage passwords for WordPress users .

If you run a multi-author WordPress site, then see how you can force strong passwords on users in WordPress .

No website is 100% safe because hackers always find new ways to get around the system. That’s why it’s crucial that you keep complete backups of your WordPress site at all times. We recommend BackupBuddy plugin. Here’s a list of the best WordPress backup plugins .

If your website is a business, then we strongly recommend that you add a firewall which takes care of the brute-force attacks and so much more. We use Sucuri which guarantees our safety and if anything happens to our site, then their team is responsible to fix it at no-additional charge.

We hope you found this article useful, and you have successfully added login attempts limit to your WordPress site. You may also want to see our list of 13 vital tips and tools to protect your WordPress admin area .

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How a Selfie Got Car Thieves Arrested

Mike Blake / Reuters

The words “selfie” and “arrest,” combined in one Google search, already yield a pretty astonishing batch of results . There are people who took photos of themselves while getting arrested, people who got themselves arrested by taking illicit photos, and so on , and so forth.

The world’s latest selfie-related arrest involves three suspected car thieves who snapped a picture of themselves while driving in a stolen car, using the owner’s stolen phone—only to have it inadvertently upload to the owner’s computer. Lucille Lavoie of Winnipeg, Canada saw the photo automatically appear on her laptop and immediately brought it to local police, who found and arrested the suspects in less than a week.

Lavoie was carrying groceries out of her car when it was stolen by two young men and one young woman. Later that night, back at home, she opened her laptop.

“I clicked on it, and, my goodness, there it was, yeah the three of them,” she told a local Canadian news source, adding that it “felt like it was Christmas.”

Beyond serving as a remarkable example of horrible criminal planning, the ordeal highlights exactly how wild the selfie craze has become around the world. Selfies are so popular that there are names for specific photo tropes , and selfie-enabling devices—also known as selfie sticks—are so ubiquitous that they’re being banned in many places for posing a danger to public safety. The phenomenon has also been linked to some darker societal problems, such as narcissism, mental illness , and body dysmorphia .

But police departments, at least, aren’t complaining too much. As evidenced in the Winnipeg case, it certainly makes their jobs a lot easier.

Mini Object Lesson: “Uber for X”

It’s 1999. Perry Wang’s eyes are bugged out, like he’s seen a ghost. He’s just returned to the conference room holding a Cherry Garcia Ben & Jerry’s ice cream bar. In a meeting that had started 45 minutes earlier, he had paid $3.50 to have it delivered by a startup called The bar is still frozen.

None of us felt comfortable eating it, as if an ice cream bar that could materialize in less than an hour was a poltergeist. Still, the questions! Who would deliver just an ice cream bar for free? The answer was: no one, at least not for long. fired its thousand employees and shut down in April 2001, like so many of its compatriots in the dot-com bubble. Failure or no, Kozmo was one of a few signals (remember Webvan?) of the purported future of convenience.

Today, Uber has reanimated the once-dead, mobile on-demand industry.

The “Uber for X” trope reigns, sometimes in mockery but more often in earnest. Actually existing “Ubers for X” include: Uber for alcohol. Uber for haircuts. Uber for house call doctors. For laundry. For street parking. For cleaning. Massage. Dog walking. Storage. Medical marijuana. Taking the trash to the curb. Even Uber itself has become a speculative design workshop for the convenience industry, experimenting with delivering ice cream (like Kozmo) and kittens (for cuddling) on-demand.

Recently, Amazon followed suit with Amazon Flex , an Uber for Amazon Deliveries. The name “Flex,” short for “flexwork” is telling. The term once referred to flexible arrangements made for full-time, weekday 9-5 workers, such as telecommuting or shifted hours. But today, “flexworker” is usually a derogatory term for someone subjected to precarious labor practices, such as zero-hour contracts . Today, flexwork is two-faced: precarious, just-in-time labor presented if it were a perk for full-timers.

Perhaps that’s what Perry and the rest of us found so harrowing all those years ago. This was tainted Cherry Garcia that had made its way to us by unclean methods, like buying fleeced ice cream out of the back of a truck. But Kozmo didn’t last long enough to test our moral mettle; the market decided for us. Today, it’s hard to know if we’ve been presented with that same test and made our choice, or if we don’t even remember that we have a choice in the first place. This ambiguity is the true meaning of the on-demand economy.

Why Japanese Kids Can Walk to School Alone


It’s a common sight on Japanese mass transit: Children troop through train cars, singly or in small groups, looking for seats.

They wear knee socks, polished patent-leather shoes, and plaid jumpers, with wide-brimmed hats fastened under the chin and train passes pinned to their backpacks. The kids are as young as 6 or 7, on their way to and from school, and there is nary a guardian in sight.

A popular television show called Hajimete no Otsukai , or My First Errand, features children as young as two or three being sent out to do a task for their family. As they tentatively make their way to the greengrocer or bakery, their progress is secretly filmed by a camera crew. The show has been running for more than 25 years.

A brother and sister head out to buy groceries for the first time on My First Errand.

Kaito, a 12-year-old in Tokyo, has been riding the train by himself between the homes of his parents, who share his custody, since he was 9. “At first I was a little worried,” he admits, “whether I could ride the train alone. But only a little worried.”

Now, he says, it’s easy. His parents were apprehensive at first, too, but they went ahead because they felt he was old enough, and lots of other kids were doing it safely.

“Honestly, what I remember thinking at the time is, the trains are safe and on time and easy to navigate, and he’s a smart kid,” Kaito’s stepmother says. (His parents asked not to publish his last name and their names for the sake of privacy.)

“I took the trains on my own when I was younger than him in Tokyo,” his stepmother recalls. “We didn’t have cellphones back in my day, but I still managed to go from point A to point B on the train. If he gets lost, he can call us.”

What accounts for this unusual degree of independence? Not self-sufficiency, in fact, but “group reliance,” according to Dwayne Dixon, a cultural anthropologist who wrote his doctoral dissertation on Japanese youth. “[Japanese] kids learn early on that, ideally, any member of the community can be called on to serve or help others,” he says.

This assumption is reinforced at school, where children take turns cleaning and serving lunch instead of relying on staff to perform such duties. This “distributes labor across various shoulders and rotates expectations, while also teaching everyone what it takes to clean a toilet, for instance,” Dixon says.

Taking responsibility for shared spaces means that children have pride of ownership and understand in a concrete way the consequences of making a mess, since they’ll have to clean it up themselves. This ethic extends to public space more broadly (one reason Japanese streets are generally so clean). A child out in public knows he can rely on the group to help in an emergency.

Japan has a very low crime rate , which is surely a key reason parents feel confident about sending their kids out alone. But small-scaled urban spaces and a culture of walking and transit use also foster safety and, perhaps just as important, the perception of safety.

“Public space is scaled so much better—old, human-sized spaces that also control flow and speed,” Dixon notes. In Japanese cities, people are accustomed to walking everywhere, and public transportation trumps car culture; in Tokyo, half of all trips are made on rail or bus, and a quarter on foot . Drivers are used to sharing the road and yielding to pedestrians and cyclists.

Kaito’s stepmother says she wouldn’t let a 9-year-old ride the subway alone in London or New York—just in Tokyo. That’s not to say the Tokyo subway is risk-free. The persistent problem of women and girls being groped , for example, led to the introduction of women-only cars on select lines starting in 2000. Still, many city children continue to take the train to school and run errands in their neighborhood without close supervision.

By giving them this freedom, parents are placing significant trust not only in their kids, but in the whole community. “Plenty of kids across the world are self-sufficient,” Dixon observes. “But the thing that I suspect Westerners are intrigued by [in Japan] is the sense of trust and cooperation that occurs, often unspoken or unsolicited.”

What It’s Like to Fly Into the Eye of a Hurricane

Satellite imagery shows Hurricane Joaquin approaching the Bahamas. NOAA

Half a century ago, the journalist Edward R. Murrow climbed into a modified bomber aircraft and rode it straight into the eye of Hurricane Edna, a storm that eventually slammed into Massachusetts and killed 20 people. Murrow’s flight was with the Air Force Weather Service, and the next day he recounted the experience in gorgeous, vivid detail for his radio audience.

For eight dazzling minutes, he describes ghostly gray light, mountains of clouds, and the ocean in “long irregular furls like a drunken plowman had been plowing a field of blue velvet and turning up snow.”

A favorite grad-school professor of mine found a tape of Murrow’s account in a forgotten box in the basement of a university decades ago. After she played it for me and my classmates, I thought about it so often I finally requested a copy. (Thank you, Professor Donohue!) Now, every time a hurricane is forecast, I think of Murrow.

I’ve asked CBS if it’d be okay for me to share the audio here. In the meantime, here’s a full transcript of Murrow’s glorious account.

* * *

“We took off from Bermuda at 11:30 a.m. in the specially equipped B-29. The Air Force boys were working for the taxpayers; going out to chart, measure, map, and study the hurricane. We climbed to 10,000—blue sky overhead, blue water without a single whitecap below—and headed west. For about an hour and a half, there was nothing to do except remember that flying is made up of many hours of boredom, interspersed with a few minutes of stark terror.

“Then, there were a few whitecaps but no cloud. Then, the whitecaps grew in size, surface wind about 30 miles an hour, a few scattered cumulus clouds ahead. One big cloud seemed to summon its neighbors and they built castles and lakes and cities on hillsides, all white against the blue of the sky. We bored through a few and skirted others. Then, there was a big mountain of clouds ahead, and we went in. A few rain squalls, but little turbulence. The texture of the cloud changed, became a sort of ghostly gray. We couldn’t see the wingtips of the aircraft. Twenty minutes later, there was a little blue-gray light, but it seemed to come from all around us, above and below. Suddenly, blue water again. No whitecaps, but the ocean was heaving and undulating as though a giant were shaking a rug.

“Into another cloud, out on the other side, and the ocean had changed its face. Long irregular furls like a drunken plowman had been plowing a field of blue velvet and turning up snow. We went down to 7,500. Surface winds now estimated at about 60 miles per hour. Flew right along the top of a flat cloud with the feeling that if the pilot let his wheels down, he’d leave a track in it. The next time we saw water, the wind was cutting the topp off the whitecaps and there was a thin gauze of spray as far as we could see. Then, into the cloud again, and that ghostly gray light that seemed to rub off on the faces of the crew members and caused them all to look as though they were ill and hadn’t slept for a long time.

“The radar kept reaching out, looking for Edna’s eye. It showed a high bank of clouds to the right and to the left. We were flying blind in that gray stuff in the sort of valley between. Suddenly, there was a hole in the cloud, maybe a quarter of a mile across, and at the bottom there was foam. It was like looking down a deep well with a huge egg beater churning up milk at the bottom. We flew on.

“And then began the real search for the eye of the hurricane. There were sudden changes in temperature. More rain. Radar reported, the engineer reported. The navigator wanted to know if anybody could see surface wind. The radar scope didn’t show anything. We were bounced around a little. The skipper said, ‘There’s a storm around here somewhere, let’s go find it.’

“The navigator asked for a turn to the left. And in a couple of minutes, the B-29 began to shudder. It was a twisting, tortured, wringing sort of motion. The co-pilot said, ‘I think we’re in it.’ The pilot said, ‘We’re going up,’ although every control was set to take us down. Something lifted us about 300 feet and then the pilot said, ‘We’re going down,’ although he was doing everything humanly possible to take her up. Edna was in control of the aircraft.

“We were on an even keel but being staggered by short, sharp blows. Then we hit something with a bang that was audible above the roar of the motors. And more than one man flinched. It was a solid sheet of water. Seconds later, brilliant sunlight hit us like a hammer and a little rainbow spun off the starboard outboard prop. And someone shouted, ‘There she is!’ And we were in the eye. Calm air, flat calm sea below. A great amphitheater, round as a dollar, with great clouds sloping up to 25,000 or 30,000 feet. The water down below looked like a blue Alpine lake with snow-clad mountains coming right down to the water’s edge. It was a great bowl of sunshine.

“Someone, I think it was the right scanner, shouted, ‘So help me, there’s a ship down there!’ And there was. Right in the center of the eye. We guessed her to be a 10,000-ton merchant ship, moving very slowly in that calm water, with only a thin feather of wake behind her. She appeared to be in no trouble, but trouble was inevitable sometime, because she was surrounded by those cloud mountains and raging water.

“The eye was 20 miles in diameter. We went down to 1,500 feet and flew back and forth across it, making shallow penetrations of the storm area. The temperature went up 14 degrees. The altimeter said 4,000 feet but we were actually at 1,500. The civilian weather officer aboard looked at Edna with a clinical eye, and said, ‘She’s a copybook hurricane. Beautifully formed.’ We took her temperature, measured her speed, threw overboard scientific gear, which might help to chart her future movements, while we continued to fly around in the calm at the bottom of that funnel of white cloud.

“The eye of a hurricane is an excellent place to reflect upon the puniness of man and his work. If an adequate definition of humility is ever written, it’s likely to be done in the eye of a hurricane.

“The engineer reported some trouble with No. 3 engine. We climbed up to 10,000 feet and bored into the wall of white cloud that surrounded the eye. It was not as rough going out as coming in because the navigator had picked his exit well. Going back to Bermuda, we talked of hurricanes. One of the pilots said, ‘We certainly were disappointed in Carol. We just didn’t think she would do what she did.’ He had flown through Carol so often that he regarded her as a friend who had committed a major misdemeanor.

“These young men who fly the Air Weather Service are doing all that can be humanly done to provide information upon which adequate warning can be based. After all, the only thing you can do about a hurricane is to watch it, and study it, and then get ready for it. And to this reporter, after flying only nine hours with those young men of the Air Force yesterday, on a routine mission, I think they deserve combat pay.”

Pompeii and the Ancient Origins of Blaming the Victim


When scientists recently re-examined the ancient remains of people killed in the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, they were surprised by two findings in particular . For one thing, the ancient people of Pompeii seemed to have had perfect teeth, perhaps a product of a healthy diet and the high-fluorine air and water of their environment.

And, for another, it seems they didn’t die in the manner researchers long suspected. Instead of being choked by a sudden blanket of ash and hot gas, Pompeii’s doomed residents sustained fatal head injuries, likely from collapsing structures and volcanic rocks that rained from the sky.

How they died has long been a fascination among historians and archaeologists. This curiosity is understandable. The eruption of Vesuvius was so devastating it is practically unimaginable. (To the people who lived in Pompeii at the time, it must have been beyond stunning: The volcano had gone generations without so much as a puff of steam, and it was believed to be dead.)

The death toll is uncertain but scholars believe as many as 25,000 people were killed. “With the eruption of Vesuvius, scholars, thinkers, and moralizers for centuries have been scrutinizing the death of all those victims,” said Roger Macfarlane, a classics professor at Brigham Young University. And over the centuries, scholars have pieced together astounding details about the circumstances of their deaths. We know, from ancient documents, that some people tied pillows to their heads. Plaster body-casts of victims, their remains preserved in volcanic ash, reveal the outlines of tunic fabric covering mouths trying to escape the sulphuric air. But implicit, and sometimes explicit, in the search for answers over mass casualty, is a much more troublesome question: Why?

“Judgmental moralizers,” Macfarlane told me, “have had a heyday with Pompeii over the years.”

The idea that victims of natural disasters are to blame for their fate is common in the aftermath of any tragedy. This tendency often reveals ugly underlying prejudices. After a tsunami killed nearly 16,000 people in Japan in 2011, some Americans made headlines for shrugging off the enormity of the loss as karmic payback for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. After Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans in 2005, a congressman representing Baton Rouge was overheard telling lobbyists: “We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn’t do it, but God did.”

In the case of Pompeii, these sorts of projections span centuries. Comparisons to Sodom and Gomorrah, the cities God destroys in the book of Genesis, still come up frequently. The question of whether Pompeii’s destruction was divine punishment has been explored in paintings, plays, films, and novels. One such story is The Last Days of Pompeii, by the popular 19th-century writer Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Widely read in his time, Bulwer-Lytton  is credited with bringing the story of Pompeii into mainstream Western culture, which underscores the prominence of the idea that Pompeii was cursed for the sins of its people.

“Edward Bulwer-Lytton was not the first thinker to explain how somehow the volcano destroyed a people that were ripened in iniquity,” Macfarlane said. “The Last Days of Pompeii features the melodramatically dastardly villain, Arbaces, who is essentially blown to smithereens in the eruption, even as the noble protagonist Glaucus survives. Likewise Robert Harris’s vulcanologically savvy (and highly readable) novel Pompeii (2003) rumbles up a good yarn until the exploding mountain blows away the highly deserving Ampliatus in an ‘incandescent sandstorm… blast[ing] him, burst[ing] his eardrums, ignit[ing] his hair, bl[owing] his clothes and shoes off, and whirl[ing] him upside down, slamming him against the side of a building.’ Harris gives this villain what the novel shows he deserves.”

As historians have pieced together a rich narrative of the real lives and deaths of those who lived at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, cultural narratives about why the disaster wiped out an entire people have persisted. Maybe, the idea seems to be, the inhabitants of Pompeii deserved the terror they experienced. “I honestly wonder about the sometimes pervasive human impulse to judge victims of natural disasters,” Macfarlane said. “Did they get what was coming to them? Many a moralizer has stated that the inhabitants of Pompeii and Herculaneum must have been steeped in wickedness to have been obliterated in such a horrifying instant.”

It is cruel to blame the victims of an epic volcanic eruption for their demise. But understandable, too. It is human nature, after all, to seek higher meaning, even justice, in events that are otherwise impossibly tragic—even though, and perhaps precisely because, it is rare to find it. There is fear in this way of thinking: Maybe if those people deserved to die, I will be safe.

“Such moralization heads to a set of questions we perhaps can never answer about the victims of Pompeii,” Macfarlane said. “Did innocence or guilt play any role in the natural selection of victims? Surely not. What, then, did determine the fatal choices of certain victims? Careful forensics will bring intriguing clues, to be sure. However, answers that depend upon interpretation of motive are always going to be the hardest to achieve.”

How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress without Losing Google Rankings

Blogger is an awesome free tool to quickly start blogging. However, many Blogger users eventually realize that if they want full control of their blog, then they would be better off with their own self hosted blog (what’s the difference between self-hosted vs blogs ). In this step by step tutorial, we will help you switch from Blogger to WordPress without losing Google rankings.

Safely moving a Blogger blog to WordPress

Step 0. Before You Start

To get started with WordPress, the first thing you would need is a good WordPress hosting company and your own domain name. We highly recommend Bluehost because they will give you a free domain and 50% off their hosting plan (special for WPBeginner users). Bluehost is also an officially recommended hosting provider of WordPress.

If you want a Bluehost alternative, then take a look at Siteground who also offer the same special offer to WPBeginner users.

Once you have signed up for WordPress hosting and set up your domain name, the next step is to install WordPress on your hosting account. We have a step by step tutorial on how to install WordPress . Once you have installed WordPress, it is time to move your content from Blogger to WordPress.

Step 1. Export Your Blogger Blog

First thing you need to do is export your blogger blog’s content. Simply log into your blogger dashboard and go to Settings » Other page. Under the blog tools, click on the Export Blog link.

Export Blogger blog

This will bring up a popup where you need to click on the Download Blog button.

Download your Blogger blog's export file

Your Blogger blog’s content will be downloaded to your computer in an XML file.

Once the download is complete, it is time to import it into your WordPress site.

Step 2. Import Blogger to WordPress

To start importing your Blogger site into WordPress, you need to go to your WordPress admin and visit Tools » Import. On the Import page, click on Blogger.

Blogger importer under WordPress import tools

This will bring up a popup asking you to install the Blogger to WordPress importer. You need to click on the Insall button.

WordPress will now download and install the Blogger Importer plugin for you. Once it is finished installing, you would need to click on the Activate Plugin and Run Importer link to continue.

Activate and run blogger importer

On the Import Blogger screen, WordPress will ask you to upload the XML file. This is the file that you downloaded in Step 1.

Simply click on the choose file button and upload the XML file you downloaded earlier. Next, click on the Upload file and import button to continue.

Upload Blogger export file to WordPress

Now if you didn’t select one of our recommended hosts or your site is really large, you may get an error that your file size is too large. In this case, you would need to increase your maximum file upload limit . If your file is small, then you won’t see any errors.

WordPress will now import your blogger posts one by one. When it is finished, you will be asked to assign an author to the imported posts. You can assign your blogger posts to an existing author (you) or create a new author account.

Congratulations! you have successfully imported your Blogger content into WordPress. However, you still need to make sure that you don’t loose any search rankings and that visitors from your old blog easily land to the same content on your new WordPress website.

Step 3. Setting up Permalinks

Permalinks is the term used for URL structure of individual pages. WordPress comes with a feature that allows you to set up SEO friendly URL structure . However, since you are importing content from Blogger, you would want your URL structure to be as close to your Blogger URL structure as possible.

To set permalinks, you need to go to Settings » Permalinks screen and choose Month and Name as your permalink structure.

Choosing a permalink structure for your WordPress site

Step 4. Setting up Redirection

The most important step in moving any website is to set up proper redirection so that users are redirected to your new website.

The important part of redirection is that you want users to land on exactly the same page on the new site which they were trying to access on the old site. Secondly, this also notifies search engines that your old site is moved to a new location.

To successfully move from Blogger to WordPress, you need to set up redirection on two levels.

First, you will redirect Blogger visitors to your new WordPress blog. Second, once users reach your WordPress site, you will redirect them to the exact post they were trying to read.

Let’s first set up redirection on the blogger blog. You need to log on to your Blogger account and go to your Blog’s settings and click on Template.

Blogger Template

On the template page, you need to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Revert to Classic Template link.

Revert to classic template for your Blogger blog

After switching to classic template, you will see ‘Edit Template HTML’ textarea. You need to replace everything in this text area with the following code. Make sure that you replace with your own domain name.



   <link rel="canonical" href="" />

    <link rel="canonical" href="<$BlogItemPermalinkURL$>" />

   <h1><a href=""><$BlogTitle$></a></h1>
    <h1><a href="<$BlogItemPermalinkURL$>"><$BlogItemTitle$></a></h1>

Save your template, and you have successfully implemented redirection on your Blogger blog.

However, you still need to setup redirection on your WordPress site so that users are redirected to the proper posts.

You need to copy and paste the following code in your WordPress theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin .

If this is your first time adding code to your WordPress site, then you may want to check our beginner’s guide to pasting snippets from the web into WordPress .

function blogger_query_vars_filter( $vars ) {
  $vars[] = "blogger";
  return $vars;
add_filter('query_vars', 'blogger_query_vars_filter');
function blogger_template_redirect() {
  global $wp_query;
  $blogger = $wp_query->query_vars['blogger'];
  if ( isset ( $blogger ) ) {
    wp_redirect( get_wordpress_url ( $blogger ) , 301 );
add_action( 'template_redirect', 'blogger_template_redirect' );
function get_wordpress_url($blogger) {
  if ( preg_match('@^(?:https?://)?([^/]+)(.*)@i', $blogger, $url_parts) ) {
    $query = new WP_Query ( 
      array ( "meta_key" => "blogger_permalink", "meta_value" => $url_parts[2] ) );
    if ($query->have_posts()) { 
      $url = get_permalink(); 
  return $url ? $url : home_url();

The code above creates a blogger to WordPress 301 redirect which is what you need to ensure best SEO.

Once you have pasted this code, that’s all you need to do for setting up redirection.

Now anyone visiting a post on your old Blogger blog will be redirected to the same post on your new WordPress site.

Step 5. Redirect Feeds

Your RSS subscribers on the old Blogger site will not be able to notice the switch. That’s why you will need to redirect your Blogger feed to your new WordPress site’s feed.

You can do this by logging in to your Blogger account and then visit Settings » Other page under your blog dashboard.

Under the Site Feed section, click on Add link next to Post Feed Redirect URL. Here you can enter your new WordPress site’s feed address.

Usually it is (don’t forget to replace your-awesome-site with your own domain name).

Redirect blogger feed readers to your WordPress feed

Step 5. Import Images From Blogger to WordPress Media Library

When you are transferring blogger to WordPress, the WordPress importer will download images from your blogger posts into the WordPress media library. However, it can fail to download some images. This doesn’t happen often, but it can happen.

But there’s nothing to worry about because you can find and import these images into WordPress. Follow the instructions in our how to import external images in WordPress tutorial.

This will import all images from your blogger into your WordPress Media Library. Once the images are in your WordPress media library, you can easily create image galleries and more.

We hope this tutorial helped you switch from Blogger to WordPress without losing Google rankings. We would like to welcome you to the WordPress community. To get started with WordPress, please take a look at our beginner’s guide section and our WordPress beginner videos .

If you have a friend still using Blogger, then you can show them our comparison on WordPress vs Blogger and convince them to switch over.

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Checklist: 11 Things To Do Before Launching a WordPress Site

Are you ready to launch your WordPress site? Each day thousands of new sites appear on the web. That’s why you want to make sure that your website stands out and shines from the very beginning. In this article, we have prepared a handy checklist of things you should do before launching a WordPress website.

Launching a WordPress site

Getting Started

Before you start, it’s crucial that you have selected the right web hosting for your project.

While most sites are fine with basic WordPress hosting , in some cases you may need a managed WordPress hosting .

We highly recommend that you read both of the guides above to make sure that you’ve picked the best solution because it’s one of this things that we cannot stress enough about.

For the sake of this article, we will assume that you have already installed WordPress and everything is ready.

Having said that, let’s take a look at the things you should do before you launch your WordPress site.

1. Install a WordPress backup Solution

Install a WordPress backup solution

You should always setup a WordPress backup solution on your website. Backups are like an insurance policy on your website. Should anything go wrong, you can always recover it.

There are plenty of good free and paid WordPress backup plugins that you can setup on your website within minutes.

You want to make sure that the backups are automatically scheduled and are saved on a cloud storage service like Dropbox, Amazon S3, or Google Drive. We recommend using BackupBuddy , it is quick and easy to setup. It can also store your backups on multiple locations. It is also the easiest to restore.

2. Secure WordPress Admin Area

Securing WordPress admin area

As the most popular content management system in the world, WordPress is often a popular target of hackers. Many WordPress sites run without having to face any of these threats for years, but it is always better to be prepared than to be sorry.

See our list of 13 vital tips and hacks to protect your WordPress admin area .

For all of our sites, we setup a Sucuri firewall which makes your site super secure and prevent you from attacks. It is definitely a way to go if your site is a business.

Sucuri is like having a private security system and guards at your physical business location.

3. Check Your Site for 404 Errors

Fixing 404 Errors

On a brand new website, 404 errors can create a bad user experience. You need to make sure all pages on your website are loading properly, and there are no missing links.

If you have already added your site to Google Webmaster Tools , then you can find pages giving 404 not found error in your crawl report.

For a new website, it is likely that you haven’t added your site to Google Search Console or Webmaster tools. In this case, you will have to manually browse your site and make sure everything is working as expected. If you have a lot of content, then you can go through your most important pages first like about, contact, registration or login pages, etc.

You can setup email alerts for 404 errors on your WordPress site. This way you can easily monitor and fix them.

4. Setup Email for Your WordPress Site

Make sure your WordPress emails are sent and delivered

Failing to send or receive emails from your WordPress site is one of the most common WordPress errors . Some of your email notifications may deliver, but some of them may not.

The reason for this is that most mail servers consider it email spoofing when the sender’s email address does not match the originating domain or server.

Please see our guide on how to fix WordPress not sending email issue .

5. Check All Forms on Your Site

Once you have setup email, the next thing you need to do is to make sure that all forms on your site are working. Test your contact forms, comment forms, email subscription forms, and so on. Make sure every form on your site works properly.

Check your email list and send test emails to confirm that your emails are delivered to the right mailing list. If you are not building an email list, then you should read our article on why you should start building your email list right away.

If you run a multi-author or multi-user WordPress site, then check your login and registration forms. Login with different user roles to check if you need to remove unnecessary items from WordPress admin area for user accounts.

6. Ecommerce Websites

Checking eCommerce features

Ecommerce websites need to check the user experience aspects of their websites more thoroughly. You should put yourself in the user’s shoes and try to browser products, add them to cart, and even do a test transaction to make sure everything works smoothly and flawlessly.

If you are selling digital goods, then make sure they are delivered promptly. For physical goods you will need to check your systems for smooth completion of orders.

Some other things you need to check are receipts, invoices, shipping cost calculations, taxes, etc.

7. Check Images, Videos, Sliders

Images and videos make the modern web more interactive. Make sure that all images on your website are loading properly. See our guides on how to speed up WordPress by optimizing images for the web .

You should play the videos on your website using different devices and browsers to make sure that they work as intended.

If you are using a WordPress slider plugin , then make sure that slider is working on all browsers and devices just as you intended it to be.

8. Test Social Integrations

Social Media Logos

Social media plays a very important role in a successful launch of any product. You need to make sure that you don’t miss out on that.

Make sure that users can find ways to connect with your website on social platforms like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, etc.

You should confirm that social sharing plugins on your website are working properly.

It’s also good to enable Twitter Cards , Facebook Open Graph meta-data , and social monitoring tools on your WordPress website.

9. Performance Tests

Performance related issues are usually the main concern during the development phase of a website. But now that you are about to launch your website, it is time to test your website one more time.

Check your website for speed using tools like Pingdom and Google Pagespeed tool. Speed is not only important for user experience it is also an important SEO factor.

One of the best ways to speed up your WordPress site is installing a caching plugin like W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache , and use a CDN like MaxCDN .

Most managed WordPress hosting companies like WPEngine comes with built-in caching and includes CDN and backups as part of their plan.

10. Install Google Analytics

Install Google Analytics

You cannot improve without knowing how your readers interact with your website.

Google Analytics is the easiest way to track how your readers interact with your website. It tells you where your visitors are coming from, what they see on your site, when they leave and how well your site is doing.

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Al Gore Blames the 2016 Election’s Craziness on Television

Al Gore speaks to James Fallows at the 2015 Washington Ideas Forum. Max Taylor

Americans have sought technological explanations for their politics longer than they’ve been Americans. It’s no coincidence that the First Amendment guarantees the freedom of assembly, religion, and “the press,” which, in the 1790s, meant the freedom to operate a discrete technology.

And surveying today’s deeply divided political parties, Americans still do the same. Many have blamed not only Citizens United for the strangeness of the 2016 president election, but also the Internet and social media. After all, Donald Trump runs a thoroughly unfiltered Twitter account, and Ezra Klein has written about how Vox devoted more coverage to Bernie Sanders once it discovered how well stories about him did on Facebook.

Speaking at the 2015 Washington Ideas Forum on Thursday, Al Gore did blame a technology for the race’s unpredictableness—but not the one people might think of.

“I think there’s a big wheel turning slowly and we’re now in a phase where our politics have been debased,” he told The Atlantic’s James Fallows.

He described this wheel—this cycle—as profoundly technological.

“When our country was founded, our information ecosystem was formed by the printing press, and it had certain characteristics where individuals could easily enter the public square. The ideas were treated more according to a meritocracy.”

“Television pushed the printing press off of center stage, and now—still—the politicians spend 75 percent of their money on 30-second TV ads,” he said. “Political candidates have to spend three-quarters of their time begging rich people for money to get into the television square.”

And then, said Gore, “human nature being what it is,” politicians wind up thinking more about the interests of donors than the interests of constituents.

So where does Gore turn to for hope? He sees the Internet as only beginning to empower individual voices again. He praised “the wisdom of crowds,” an important idea to both democratic capitalism and the Internet, and he said it was important to ensure democratic principles of the press succeed online.

Swinging back to a more democratic public sphere, he believes, is the only way to make sure that democracy in the United States survives and plans for the long-term—which, to him, especially means preventing and planning for climate change.

The Ancient Civilization With Perfect Teeth


It was with a force greater than an atom bomb that Mount Vesuvius erupted and blotted out Pompeii in 79 A.D.

Or, not blotted out, exactly.

The city’s destruction, and the thing that has kept Pompeii so fascinating over the centuries, entails a paradox: The surge of ash and hot gas that blanketed thousands of victims also, simultaneously, preserved their bodies—along with their colorful art, sparkling jewelry, wine jugs, scrolls, and other cultural remnants.

Now, scientists are using new imaging technologies to examine in detail the bones and teeth of those killed in the blast.

Detailed casts of Pompeii’s victims—made by pouring plaster into the small cavities in their ash-encapsulated remains—have long prevented sophisticated scanning of this nature. The 19th-century plaster is so dense that today’s standard imaging technology can’t distinguish between the thick outer cast and skeletal pieces inside. But researchers recently used a multi-layer CT scan to obtain imagery never before possible, then used software to make digital 3-D reconstructions of skeletons and dental arches.

The initial images reveal two major surprises.

For one thing, these ancient people had “perfect teeth,” according to Agenzia Giornalistica Italia, a discovery that scientists linked to a healthy diet and high levels of fluorine in the air and water near the volcano.


The scans also support a theory that many of those who were killed after the eruption died from head injuries—caused by falling rock or collapsing infrastructure—and not from suffocation.

This squares with the famous account by Pliny the Younger, who wrote of his uncle’s death after the eruption in an account that is treasured by historians. Here’s a portion of one of Pliny’s letters, translated from Latin by Betty Radice :

They debated whether to stay indoors or take their chance in the open, for the buildings were now shaking with violent shocks, and seemed to be swaying to and fro, as if they were torn from their foundations.  Outside on the other hand, there was the danger of falling pumice-stones, even though these were light and porous; however, after comparing the risks they chose the latter. In my uncle’s case one reason outweighed the other, but for the others it was a choice of fears. As a protection against falling objects they put pillows on their heads tied down with cloths.

The smoke and ash that poured out of the volcano was likely still stifling to those who experienced it. In the early 1990s, when researchers uncovered the first remains found at Pompeii in many decades, archaeologists determined that some of the victims had tunics wrapped around their mouths as make-shift masks. Pliny the Younger described victims surrounded by broad sheets of flame, the air reeking of sulphur and the sky darker than night.

The latest findings build on an astounding body of knowledge about Pompeii. Over the centuries, researchers have discovered unbelievable artifacts: erotic murals on walls, emeralds, coins, marble busts—and, in one case , an entire oven filled with dozens of loaves of bread still inside. Other food scraps found in Pompeii’s ancient drainage system have suggested the city’s wealthy residents dined on delicacies that included sea urchin, flamingos, and even giraffe.

The 79 A.D. eruption of Vesuvius was, as Pliny the Younger wrote, “a catastrophe which destroyed the loveliest regions of the earth.” But before that Pompeii was a vibrant city full of people who lived and, in one sense, continue to live, centuries after they died.

Americans Love Technology—but They Want Their Privacy Back

Philippe Wojazer / Reuters

Digital technology now dominates how many Americans interact with the world: how people get their news, talk with loved ones, and how they work.

The most recent Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll looked at the impact the digital revolution has had on American’s lives. When it comes to whether or not technology has had a vast impact, the answer is overwhelmingly yes.

Thirty-nine percent of respondents said that the ability to access information from anywhere has made their lives better. They also cited the ease of working outside of the office and staying in touch as positive outcomes of the digital revolution. Two of the most visible ways that technology has permeated American culture—online shopping and entertainment-streaming services—were amenities Americans cared much less about, with only 7 percent or respondents saying these advances had improve their lives.

Maria Cruz, who is an 18-year-old student born in the Dominican Republic, thinks that technology has made getting an education and job just a little easier. “It’s helped me do homework and network with people when it comes to my career.” She also uses Skype and social media apps like WhatsApp, to connect with friends internationally.

Even though older generations appeared to be a slightly less excited about the Internet, many appreciate the opportunity it gives them for continued learning. Mikki Telesco, from California, says that she embraces the Internet despite the fact that she considers herself “Internet illiterate.” After retiring from the garden department at Home Depot, Telesco still uses the Internet for finding recipes, looking up insects that infect her plot of home-grown tomatoes, and learning how to de-skunk her dog. “It’s like opening up an encyclopedia that’s got everything in the world right there at your fingertips. You can look up anything to do with anything.”

Despite the fact that most Americans agree that the Internet and the advancements that followed made their lives better, there was one thing they were resoundingly negative about: the loss of their privacy.

While tasks like shopping and keeping up on the news have become more convenient, many questioned whether technology brought the world to their doorstep at the cost of protecting their most essential information.

“There’s no way around it. There’s nothing private anymore unless you keep it in your brain,” Telesco told me. “I think anyone that is extremely intelligent can figure out a way to get into people’s stuff.“

When asked more specifically what effect has this digital revolution had on their privacy, only 17 percent of people were positive about it, while nearly half of overall respondents (44 percent) responded negatively. The remaining 34 percent had mixed feelings.

Older generations were more negative than the Millennials, most of whom have come to age amidst a bevy of technological advancement. About a quarter of young adults aged 18-24 said that technology has was good for their privacy, while nearly half of all the older age groups disagreed.

“I know that a lot of us Millennials joke about ‘cyber fear’,” Erin Gainer, a 21-year-old student at Virginia Wesleyan College said. “I don’t want to say that older generations don’t understand, but I do think the Internet has its own culture, and there’s a lot of cultural context that you have to have been brought up in to fully comprehend.”

While Gainer agrees that Millennials may be more entrenched in technology, she notes that they also understand the risks. She drew on instances of Internet fraud among her friends and public cyberbullying, such as Gamergate . “I think that the Internet can be just another platform for harassment in addition to such a great outlet for raising awareness for issues.”

Of the 1,000 Americans polled, the results of how people perceived their privacy generally trends more negatively than positively across income level, class, educational background, employment status, and political-party affiliation.

The only exception was non-white respondents. While 47 percent of their white counterparts said technology had impacted their privacy negatively, black men and women were most likely to say technology had improved privacy. Overall, 29 percent of black Americans were positive when it came to feelings about their privacy in the digital age.

So even as Americans become more and more reliant on technology, it seems that most remain wary of its potential for harm.

Digital Romance: The Teens Get It

Edgard Garrido / Reuters

On Thursday, the Pew Research Center released a report titled “Teens, Technology, and Romantic Relationships.”

This is the trifecta of things that media articles often cast as interesting, inscrutable, and indicative of our times, so if you are picturing me slavering at the mouth to breathlessly break this down for you in a What-the-Kids-Are-Up-To-And-What-It-Means-About-the-State-of-Society sort of way, I understand. And I do think it’s interesting! But that is because I think humans and the way they relate are interesting, not because I think teens or technology operate in ways that are particularly shocking or mysterious. (Love, though, is truly a shock and a mystery, always.)

But let’s get to the stats. Fifty percent of teens have expressed interest in someone by friending them on Facebook or another social-media site, and 47 percent by commenting on or liking a post. Pew characterizes these interactions as “entry-level” digital flirting, often used by teens who have never dated before. But even for the older and more experienced, I think, they remain ways of dipping a toe in the ocean of romantic possibility while leaving yourself room to safely withdraw. The separation afforded by interacting through a screen can give people confidence to reach out to each other with their feelings. And though adolescence is not a life stage particularly known for its romantic savoir-faire, people are tentative in the early stages of romance at any age.

Percent of teens who used these flirtation strategies

Pew Research Center

One high-school girl described to Pew how the freedom afforded by digital communication makes it easier to get the romantic ball rolling:

[I can be] a little bit more bold over text, because you wouldn’t say certain things in person. You would … you just wouldn’t say certain things in, like, talking face to face with them because that might be kind of awkward. But over text, it’s like, OK. Cause they’re not really there.

Of course there’s value to being there, really there. But there are more ways now than ever to be present in your relationship during the times when you are not, you know, physically present. And the Pew survey found that 70 percent of teens “felt closer to their significant other because of exchanges or conversations they had online or by text.” Forty-eight percent “resolved an argument with their significant other online or by texting that they were having difficulty resolving in person.” On the downside,“43 percent felt that their significant other was distracted by their cell phone when they were together” (but frankly, that’s  a society-wide problem at this point).

Social media, in particular, is extra helpful for boys. While 59 percent of teens overall felt that social media helped them connect to their boyfriends and girlfriends, 65 percent of boys felt this way. This stat made me tear up a little, honestly—boys (especially teen boys!) are discouraged in so many ways from showing emotions (especially love emotions!). Facebook may be mining our personal data for profit, but it can’t all be bad if it’s helping these tender young ducklings grow into emotionally expressive swans.

It’s little wonder that they feel connected, though. They are. Regularly. “Overall, 85 percent of teens in a romantic relationship expect to hear from their partner or significant other at least once a day, if not more often,” the survey says. And it’s not asymmetrical—both parties in the relationship seem to want the same amount of contact.

And as evidenced by this chart of what teens share with their significant others online, they’re still hitting on all the important stuff, regardless of the medium:

Percent of teens who shared these topics online with a significant other

Pew Research Center

I am not being facetious; I really think this is a nearly perfect list of the things people share in a good relationship. What is a significant other but someone to share thoughts and funny stuff with? And also sometimes smooch?

Though the ease of communicating and the many platforms on which to do so can help relationships blossom, it also provides opportunities for jealousy and worry. When you can see what people are doing, who they’re doing it with, seeds of suspicion can grow. Twenty-seven percent of teens in the survey said that “social media makes them feel jealous or unsure about their relationship.” These are the tradeoffs: What makes healthy relating easier also makes unhealthy relating easier.

On a darker note, the many means to contact people also give unfortunate latitude to abusers, who have many avenues for harassment. Unsurprisingly, girls are more likely to be subject to unwelcome flirting than boys: 35 percent compared to 16 percent. And some teens reported experiencing abusive or controlling behavior from their significant other—21 percent said a partner had read their texts without their permission, and 11 percent said a current partner or an ex had threatened them by phone or Internet.

To sum up: I don’t think this survey reveals much that is surprising. But it is affirming. Humans are social animals, and we build tools to connect with each other. It’s not all heart emojis all the time, no, but the tools that facilitate relationships facilitate all aspects of them, good and bad. Connecting with others is scary, hard, sometimes dangerous, but usually, hopefully, good. The teens get it.

In Which I Consider Jumping Ship for The New Yorker

From a slideshow of cartoons in Oct 5, 2015 issue of The New Yorker, by Tom Toro, with permission

Yeah, here at The Atlantic we’ve got our 158-year-long tradition, our Civil War reportage by Nathaniel Hawthorne , our up-to-the-minute reportage by Ta-Nehisi Coates, my own zillion-year history with the magazine, and so on. (Also, as previewed last night , just now I had a chance to interview Al Gore at our Washington Ideas Forum; I found it very interesting in several ways, and I’ll post a video link when available.)

But a cartoon like this one? The bar has been raised. Congratulations to cartoonist Tom Toro and all members of the New Yorker team!


For further discussion: I think gratuitous mega-decibel leaf-blowing with hyper-polluting two-cycle gas engines is destined for public consideration as something similar to letting your dog shit with impunity on the sidewalks or your neighbor’s lawn. A minor convenience for the dog owner / person hiring the leafblower crew, a giant nuisance for others exposed to the side effects. Mockery in a cartoon like this is a marker. Watch out, Stihl and Husqvarna! This is how it begins.

And of course, for the record, my main professional hope is to maintain my admiration for TNY and other great publications, and to put in some subset of another zillion years with The Atlantic.

Why Are So Many Law Firms Trapped in 1995?

Vincent Kessler / Reuters

After I graduated from law school, my first assignment at a large New York law firm was to assist in the discovery phase of a securities case. For 12 hours a day, I sat in a conference room jammed with bankers’ boxes full of documents, reviewing them one page at a time. I’d code them on SAT-like bubble-filled sheets that were then stapled to each document and placed on one of two dozen piles scattered across the table.

This archaic scene didn’t take place during the Johnson presidency, or even Reagan’s, but about 10 years ago. Since then, nearly all document review has been transferred online, but other changes have been slower to take hold: Lawyers, for instance, still manually keep track of their time in six-minute increments, and many firms hold onto voluminous hard copies of old case files.

Even though many firms remain behind the times, they soon may not be. New technologies and increased competition are forcing the legal industry to slowly remake itself.

“The billable hour is the culprit of everything,” explains Ralph Baxter, the former chairman and CEO of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Implementing innovations that render billable hours obsolete can be like tugging on a thread that threatens to unravel the basic concept of a law firm. For example, the start-up Lex Machina can speedily mine and analyze litigation data that would take an army of associates months to go through. Suddenly, several associates aren’t billing. And if they aren’t billing, the firm could do without them. And if they could do without those associates, then they could do without the office space they occupy. There goes the business model.

While traditional law firms have been slow to adapt, it is these more overt inefficiencies that a new crop of start-ups and law firms are aiming to exploit. Todd Smithline jettisoned billable hours entirely and operates his San Francisco-based, tech-focused firm, Smithline PC, under a subscription model. Clients pay monthly fees ranging from $8,000 to $25,000, which buys them as much service as they need. He says many were skeptical at first, but he has found that “clients value predictability.” Jason Boehmig, the co-founder and CEO of Ironclad, a legal-software company, agrees that clients are eager for change in the legal industry. “Clients have the incentive to take advantage of technology because they are the ones really feeling the pain of the billable hour,” he says.

The disconnect between what traditional legal services offer and what clients want has been a boon to legal entrepreneurs. After Chad Burton, a former “Big Law” attorney, built a firm for himself with, as he puts it, “low overhead, but sophisticated work,” he met so many other attorneys looking to do the same that he founded Curo Legal, a consulting and staffing business that helps lawyers strike out on their own. He now teaches a course at Dayton Law School about how to build a firm from scratch.

And Nikhil Nirmel, a former Yelp employee, saw that people were seeking out lawyers based on geography, much like they would look for a laundromat or a dentist—even though they didn’t have to. So he started Lawdingo, which takes location out of the equation and pairs clients with lawyers online.

Lawyers are a risk-averse bunch, but for those willing to step off the traditional path for new ventures, there are rewards. “You have to be scrappy to be an entrepreneur but there is now tremendous opportunity in the industry,” says Nicole Bradick, who founded a firm called Custom Counsel when she saw a chance to match understaffed law firms with the idle talent pool of women who’d left law after having children.

Using new technologies to create a more efficient legal system “should (and does) make innovative lawyers very rich,” says Joe Borstein, who left Big Law to become the global director of the legal-outsourcing firm Pangea 3. But there are non-monetary benefits, too. “These attorneys improve access to rights and justice for millions of people,” says Borstein. And the chance to improve the lives of unhappy attorneys has been incentive enough. “Changing this profession for lawyers who are categorically miserable is my calling,” says Christopher Marston, the founder of the law and financial-services firm Exemplar.

Whatever legal entrepreneurs’ motivations may be, the industry at large is aware of the changes they’re bringing about. The American Bar Association’s magazine devotes an issue each year to honoring “legal rebels ”—creative attorneys changing the practice of law. And there are now trade shows with hundreds of exhibitors showing off legally-inclined tech products.

But despite going more mainstream, this sort of innovation is in its infancy, and firms aren’t sure how much new technology is too much, or too little. “At one end of the spectrum, where lawyers are doing everything, is wrong, but the other end of the spectrum, replacing them entirely with software, is also wrong,” says Ironclad’s Jason Boehmig. “The winners in this space will be the ones that are able appropriately involve lawyers in the process.”

Ralph Baxter of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe says that even if uptake is relatively slow, the industry is still moving in the direction of openness to new technology. “Step by step, law firms, clients, and legal start-ups will make improvements and will gain market share,” says Baxter. “The market will turn towards more innovative, creative solutions.”

It’s safe to say that none of these will involve a stapler or a sheet with bubbles.

Inside Tesla’s Inside Jokes

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A photo posted by Leila Nematzadeh (@mrs_puniverse) on Jul 31, 2014 at 4:44pm PDT

Yesterday I wrote that Tesla represents the first step in the inevitable decline of the automobile as an object of desire. Taking its place: computing, of course, which lives inside cars now. And not just computers, but also the culture of computing. One of the benefits of buying your electric car from a quirky, tech billionaire whose other hobbies include private rocketry , subsonic pneumatic freight , and planetary exfiltration is that some of those quirks find their way into your vehicle as inside jokes and easter eggs.

For example, the newly released Tesla Model X apparently contains a Bioweapon Defense Mode button that configures the vehicle’s air filtration system more aggressively. It should be useful “if there’s ever an apocalyptic scenario of some kind,” according to Tesla Motors founder, CEO, and quirky billionaire Elon Musk.

While not all of its quirks are quite so zomboid in nature, Bioweapon Defense Mode is hardly the first example in Tesla vehicles, such as the volume control seen above. Some others:

After entering Ludicrous Mode —the car’s bonkers acceleration booster—you can hold down the button for a clip honoring Space Balls, whose Ludicrous speed was the inspiration for the feature:

You can change the car displayed on the Suspension settings menu from a Tesla Model S to the submersible Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me:

(Apparently it’s a favorite of Musk’s. He even paid $1 million for the prop in the hopes of converting it into a working submarine.)

The earliest software easter eggs were inserted by programmers as rogue signatures , usually because corporations didn’t want to acknowledge the work of individuals. The Model S tips its hat to this lineage, too. Press the Tesla logo on the display screen, then hold the lower right corner to display a photo of the development team:

Given the gravity of automotive conveyance, I’m not sure I want a billionaire making jokes inside my vehicle. But that might be an old-fashioned worry. Cars have been run by computers for a long time, but now computation is becoming visible within them. Easter eggs are a customary and even expected feature of software. It’s no surprise we’d find—and even want—them in automobiles.