APAD: Next of Kin

April 5th, 2007
WordPress, WordPress Plugins

Next of Kin

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Next Of Kin will monitor your visits to your blog and will send you a warning email after a number of weeks (of your choice) without a visit. If you fail to visit your blog even after that, the system will send a mail you wrote to whoever you choose.

– Tracks down logins and visits of logged in users to the wordpress system.
– Lets each user define time intervals to let the system decide if he might be deceased.
– Lets the user write a message and send it to a chosen email address.

Future Plans:
– Make a blog post on expiration of preset time intervals.
– Use some encryption on the messages.
– Increase performance


Next of Kin is a different plugin. It is absolutely “useless” as long as you are alive. But, becomes very useful when that status changes.
Next of Kin raises a very important question that most serious bloggers must have considered at some point of time (I know I have):
“What will happen to my blog after I am gone?”

Installation of Next of Kin is extremely simple. You follow the normal installation procedure and then navigate to Options » Next Of Kin to fill in the the information you want to send.
This works on a per user basis and each user of your blog can customize a seperate message. (I haven’t been able to test this feature thoroughly).

There is one thing you have to know about the plugin and that it is meant for blogs that you regularly update. However, you can change the time (upto 30 weeks) after which the plugin assumes you are gone.

The plugin sends you one warning email two weeks after that and if you still don’t respond then it sends in a second warning email to you and the “next of kin” so that they can try and contact you (if you live i.e.) and if there is still no change to your blog, then the plugin assumes the worst.

For me, this is one plugin I’m going to have running on my blog. Though, the purpose is more to tell them where to find all my stuff as opposed to continue running that blog.

Have you thought about what will happen to your blogs after you are gone? Will this plugin be of use to you?




  1. John (17 comments.) says:

    This is one of those wonderful plugins that you hope you will never need.

  2. Tzafrir צפריר (1 comments.) says:

    Nice review there!
    I’d love to hear comments on this one!

    (by the way, your Comments RSS link 302’s to the feedburner site feed, I suppose it is this way to all that use that feedburner feeds plugin…)

  3. Layla8 (1 comments.) says:

    Yes, I think I’ll be installing this on my blogs as well.
    Another thing to think about is making sure that your next-of-kin gets an up-to-date list of all your passwords, plus instructions on what to do with your various websites (take them down, keep them going, give them to somebody…), plus which of your elists need to be informed of your demise. Maybe this could all be put into a will?

  4. Jonathan (81 comments.) says:

    Maybe this could all be put into a will?


    Ha ha! That’s the next logical step: digital wills. “I hereby gift all of my domains to by pet Llama.”

  5. Justin (1 comments.) says:

    What if the time on your server gets dicked with? If, for instance, some error happens and the year gets reset to 2107? Will it suddenly send out the death-email to my next-of-kin?


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