Hello! Welcome to my humble web presence. I'm Mark Hamstra, 29 years young, wearer of many hats at modmore, resident of Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. Most of my time is spent building and maintaining awesome extras and tools at modmore, but I also love gaming, cooking, and my dogs. More about me.

This site is where I share thoughts, cool projects and other oddities related to MODX, xPDO and ExtJS. I also write about MODX regularly over at MODX.today. Sometimes I post three blogs in a week, sometimes there's nothing new here in a year. Read a random article.


Monday at about 4.30 CET the hosting provider of my host got hacked at the root level which resulted in all of my websites going down, until manually being restored to an old backup Wednesday morning at about 4am CET. 

Just to clarify this before getting started.. while I purchase my hosting of Skytoaster, this specific server is run by AltusHost. If the following post is too long for your liking: I still recommend Skytoaster, just please do not, ever, trust a host that doesn't keep backups. And keep backups more often than I did.

What happened?

According to the official statement of AltusHost posted on Facebook, their version of WHMCS (which seems shady to say the least) a hacker gained root access to their billing panel and started removing servers, which lasted about 10 minutes. While they're statement says 5PM CET, I was working on a site on that server at around 4.30PM when it started showing connectivity issues, so my guess is that they've rounded up the time.

When a server gets deleted, I can imagine that a site goes down, and when there's a lot of sites to restore that can take time. While annoyed I could not finish the site I was working on, I think I'm quite forgiving when it comes to people doing stuff I know little about and when that goes wrong. I assume there are a lot of people all over the globe working on it who are just as frustrated (if not more), so let them do their thing. Spent the night hanging out with friends so tried not too worry about it too much.

At Tuesday morning 2am CET I received an update from Skytoaster on the situation, mainly letting me know that AltusHost was working on getting servers back online and to explain the situation. At that point it wasn't clear yet if my server was one of the removed ones or not.

And yes, it was.

A few hours later Patrick came back with a confirmation that it indeed was. We had been provided a new (empty) server which we could use to put up some sort of notice or restore from a backup of our own. The backup server, which was apparently with Altus as well, had not yet been located and the fate of that was unknown. That morning I worked with Patrick to put up a brief explanation on my websites, and started to upload backup data to try and get the site back up. Right now all articles are back up, no comments though.

I guess I'm a bit naive when it comes to servers, as I only tend to take backups when making major changes such as my relaunch back in December. That's the last one I could find on my computer, even though I recall clicking cPanel's "backup" button a week or two ago, I never downloaded it from the server after it was done generating. After all, I've been promised 7 days of backups on server-level, so in the event something goes seriously wrong with the server, that would be more easily restored than something I download manually per user on the VPS. Not a big deal, until it is.

Here's where it gets nasty.

Now, the real problems only became evident late Tuesday evening. The backup had been uploading and was almost ready when I managed to get hold off a technical support member who told me "we have no backups for our main hardware node".

I'm not sure about you, but I don't run a hosting company nor do I have the wish or expertise to start one. And I do realize in the end it's the responsibility of the user to backup what they create. But what I don't understand is how on earth someone can have the gut to run a hosting company without any backups of servers you're selling. When something goes wrong, and I do think eventually something goes wrong with any server as there's just so much things to worry about, you will want to be able of either re-routing requests to a different mirrored server or be able of restoring from the backup made last night... right? As a hosting company you would want the certainty that in case something goes wrong, you can keep your clients satisfied with a quick solution right? Well, apparently AltusHost doesn't.

Restoration Phase

After hearing this news that there's no chance of the server being restored from their end, roughly 30 hours after witnessing the first symptoms, it kinda gave me no reason but looking at getting my site back up one way or another. And this is where Patrick reminded me why I hosted with SkyToaster again as he had been working through my local backups and after getting at least my personal sites back to the way they were on December 22nd, he has been helping me manually restoring my blog articles and other websites from Google Cache in a time period of over 4 hours. Thanks Patrick!

Never, ever, ever again.

Somewhere in between, he also set up a new US based backup server (unaffiliated with the current provider) which automatically writes a nightly, weekly and monthly backup of all users on my VPS which I can access directly as well. While they made a mistake in working with Altus for their Dutch VPS, he's been working day and night (literally) to prevent this from ever being possible again.

Now what?

I'm still a great fan of Skytoasters' service. Patrick (and Sal too for that matter) are easy enough to get hold off and respond promptly when needed. They're all human, who made a mistake when signing up with Altus, but up to now all my hosting (shared and VPS) has been great. We've got most of the stuff back thanks to the hard work by Patrick, which once again proves to me they are passionate about what they do, and willing to step up when things go wrong. I'll be working with Sal & Patrick over the next weeks to find out where to move from here (they and Altus aren't off the hook yet!), but getting back up and running is priority number one.

Oh, and I'm setting up automatic downloading of backups to various locations for my own sites as well now.

Question from Twitter: "What does Skytoaster have to do with AltusHost?"

Nothing, except that the VPS I bought from them was physically hosted with AltusHost (and I've been aware of it not being one of their own servers from the get go). While Skytoaster didn't get everything right in this case, I consider most of the blame to be with Altus who knowingly risks their clients' data and, in retrospect, seems to be a bit of a shady business in general.

One of the changes in MODX 2.2 is a completely refactored class-based processor system, allowing you to create processors for components more easily than ever. As with everything new and shiny, there's some nice tricks you can use.

I've been using these class-based processors in my latest project, and want to share my experience with it so far, as well as showing some actual, functional code.

What's a class-based processor?

If you've gone through the Developing an Extra tutorial before, you'll know what a processor is: the php code that gets executed by your AJAX connector (or modX::runProcessor) which does whatever needs to be done, and returns JSON.

The class-based part of this all means you can simply use something like the following for a custom "update" processor:

<?php
class fdmPriceCodeUpdateProcessor extends modObjectUpdateProcessor {
    public $classKey = 'fdmPriceCode';
    public $languageTopics = array('frontdeskman:pricing');
    public $objectType = 'fdmp';
}
return 'fdmPriceCodeUpdateProcessor';

... and the MODX core will handle the rest. :) Another example of a class based processor can be found in my What's new in MODX 2.2 post.

What the modObjectUpdateProcessor Process does

Despite the low amount of code we've used, there's a lot of work being done behind the scenes to make sure your update (or other process) is executed like it should. By inspecting the modProcessor class, here's the 14-step process I found for the modObjectUpdateProcessor.

  1. Your processor gets instantiated on the request, properties are being set.
  2. The checkPermissions() function is run which you can use to verify any custom permissions are enabled.
  3. The getLanguageTopics() function is run, which should return an array of lexicon topics to load, which are then loaded.
  4. Processor function initialize(): gets the primary key (from the public variable primaryKeyField which defaults to "id"), gets the object based on the classKey and posted primary key value and if it's an extension of modAccessibleObject it checks the user session against the "save" policy. If the initialialize function doesn't return true, the request is cancelled with an error message.
  5. Processor function beforeSet() is run: by default that function only checks if there are any errors set (by $this->addFieldError('fieldname','error') for example). If this doesn't return true, a failure is returned by the processor.
  6. fromArray() is called on the object (available as $this->object) with all posted properties.
  7. Processor function beforeSave() is run. As with the beforeSet function, this only checks if any errors were registered. If the result is not a boolean true, the processor returns a failure with the value returned as message.
  8. validate() is called on the object. If this doesn't return a positive value, the error messages are set as field errors.
  9. If you set a beforeSaveEvent variable on the class, that event is invoked and if that doesn't return true the save is prevented. While the fireBeforeSaveEvent() function is marked as public, you will probably not want to override this in regular cases.
  10. The saveObject() function is run which simple calls save() on the object. According to the inline comments, this may be overriden for transient and non-persistent object updating.
  11. The fireAfterSaveEvent() function is run, which fires the event you specified in the afterSaveEvent class variable.
  12. The logManagerAction() function is run, which logs a generic message to the Manager Log (available under Reports > Manager Actions).
  13. A success message is returned through the cleanup() function, this actually wraps the pre-2.2 $modx->error->success/failure often used in processors.
  14. The result (success or failure) is parsed into a modProcessorResponse object and returned.

If you look backup, you'll see a lot of bold text. These functions or variables are available for you to override and extend to force it into doing what you need it to do. Note that every processor class (for create, update, getlist, remove and get) has its own functions. If you use an IDE like PhpStorm you can get code hinting, or just dive into the source!

Extending our Processor class to handle Checkboxes

When you've made a beautiful modExt/ExtJS window, and sticked your "active" checkbox (xtype: 'checkbox') in there, you may not exactly get the results you were expecting. Perhaps your schema expects a boolean "true" or "false" (I know mine does!) which would be stored as a tinyint 1 or 0 in the database.. but the form posts a string value "on" if the field is selected, and an empty value if not. Uh oh..

Luckily we've got so many functions we can add to our update processor class to make sure it parses those values into what the object's fromArray (or set) function needs to save it properly.

If you look back to our 14-point list above, you'll see fromArray is executed in step 6, meaning we need to change our property its value before step 6. How does the "beforeSet" function in step 5 sound to you? Sounds like it would work, to me!

If you're not at all familiar with object oriented programming, all the stuff explained so far may sound a bit daunting, but all that we're really doing is overwriting the functions of the original class to do what we want. There's plenty of PHP OOP tutorials on the web should you want to learn more about that.

So, with beforeSet and our expected and needed values in mind, here's our new and improved class which properly handles checkboxes in a MODX 2.2 style processor.

<?php
class fdmPriceCodeUpdateProcessor extends modObjectUpdateProcessor {
    public $classKey = 'fdmPriceCode';
    public $languageTopics = array('frontdeskman:pricing');
    public $objectType = 'fdmp';

    public function beforeSet() {
        $this->setProperty('active',($this->getProperty('active') == 'on'));
        return parent::beforeSet();
    }
}
return 'fdmPriceCodeUpdateProcessor';

I've put it all on one line using a ternary operator and the Processor's getProperty and setProperty functions, but if you prefer a bit more verbose coding, you could also do just this which works exactly the same:

/* ... */
    public function beforeSet() {
        $active = $this->getProperty('active');
        if ($active == 'on') { $active = true; }
        else  { $active = false; }
        $this->setProperty('active',$active);
        return parent::beforeSet();
    }
/* ... */

We could also do something similar in a remove processor, to prevent removing something if it's still linked to another thing. For example the following Processor which prevents removing a "fdmCharacteristic" object if there are still related "fdmRoomTypeCharacteristic" objects.

<?php
class CharacteristicRemoveProcessor extends modObjectRemoveProcessor {
    public $classKey = 'fdmCharacteristic';
    public $languageTopics = array('frontdeskman:property');
    public $objectType = 'rtc';
    
    public function beforeRemove() {
        $chars = $this->modx->getCount('fdmRoomTypeCharacteristic',array('characteristic' => $this->getProperty('id')));
        if ($chars > 0) {
            return $this->modx->lexicon('rtc.remove.roomtypesStillLinked');
        }
        return parent::beforeRemove();
    }
}
return 'CharacteristicRemoveProcessor';

And the final example for today extends the modObjectGetListProcessor to join a table and filter on properties, which is done by extending the prepareQueryBeforeCount function. This one also has a couple more variables we're assigning:

<?php
class RoomTypeGetListProcessor extends modObjectGetListProcessor {
    public $classKey = 'fdmRoomType';
    public $languageTopics = array();
    public $defaultSortField = 'name';
    public $defaultSortDirection = 'ASC';
    public $objectType = 'fdmRoomType';

    /**
     * @param xPDOQuery $c
     * @return \xPDOQuery
     */
    public function prepareQueryBeforeCount(xPDOQuery $c) {
        $query = $this->getProperty('property');
        if (!empty($query) && is_numeric($query)) {
            $c->innerJoin('fdmRoomTypeProperty','RTP','fdmRoomType.id = roomtype');
            $c->where(array(
                'RTP.property' => (int)$query
            ));
        }
        return $c;
    }
}
return 'RoomTypeGetListProcessor';

A note on Checkbox fields in modExt

I tend to use the "checkbox" xtype, however as of MODX 2.1 there is also a special "xcheckbox" xtype which always posts a value (1 or 0 if I remember correctly). I'm not sure why I don't use it, but it might be that the class-based processors do properly function with that one. Just didn't check, and I like being in control. :)

"Just wondering.. Are you working on a Property Management component?"

How'd you know?! :)

Was it the "fdmRoomType", "fdmRoomTypeCharacteristic" or "fdmProperty" object that gave it away? :)

This super-duper awesome extra I am working on is called FrontDeskMan and I hope to finish it over the coming few weeks. It will not become available as an open source project however, but most likely will be a licensed and properly supported Extra for the Hospitality industry as a joint op between myself and Jared Loman. You should totally start warming up some local Hotel clients for a new website with integrated property management and reservations for when we launch!

While there is most likely a much, much longer preparation to this great news, there was a very fascinating tweet this afternoon by Digital Butter, a MODX Premier Partner based in Hong Kong, which happens to be one of my clients last summer.

In case you missed it, here's the tweet and accompanying screenshot that was tweeted:

For anyone who has worked with Media Sources before, this screen shouldn't be unfamiliar (minus that new "Dropbox" option!). If you haven't yet, however, you need to know that a Media Source is some kind of abstraction for the file tree as well as file browser in MODX. Prior to MODX 2.2 it was a pain to properly assign different permissions to different user groups, and when throwing some contexts into the mix it quickly got ugly. Now with MODX 2.2 you can create Media Sources which can be assigned to specific Template Variables, have certain base paths/urls so only certain areas of the filesystem are visible and more. However it also adds the ability for different storage systems, such as the Amazon S3 bucket which is included in the core. From the start it was clear that it would be able to offer more if people would develop the integrations. If I were to guess, a Flickr and Dropbox integration were the top two requested media source types. And, according to that tweet, we can now add Dropbox to the mix! (Don't have Dropbox yet? Feel free to use my referal link to give me an extra 250mb of space when you sign up.. much appreciated!)

You can probably imagine I got a little excited (and sidetracked from work, obviously) when I saw the tweet.. and to add to that, no more than two minutes after hitting the ReTweet button I got an email from James Bodell (lead Digital Butter fella and a great guy in general) titled "give this a spin", complete with a beta version of the package attached. Wicked!!! And so, I went off to investigate and see just how complicated it would be to get Dropbox integrated into my local test install. Turns out, it aint too bad but is frick'n awesome!!

How does it work?

After installing the package, there's a few steps you need to take.

  1. Create a Dropbox Application and get the App Key and Secret codes from here.
  2. Create a new Media Source (see the screenshot that was tweeted above), choosing "Dropbox" as Source Type.
  3. Update the Media Source, and fill in your App Key in the consumerKey property, and the App Secret into the consumerSecret property. Also make sure the accessType is correct - this depends on what you chose while setting up your Dropbox application, and in my case this was the Application Folder. Save the properties.
  4. Refresh the page (this is needed for the Media Source to verify your App details), and expand the description for the authToken by clicking the green plus sign. You should now see a link there (if not, your App details probably weren't valid or you didn't refresh the page) which you need to click to authenticate the Media Source to access your dropbox.

And that's it, and it doesn't take more than a minute or two (and adding some files to your new Dropbox/Apps/Name Of Application/ folder and letting that synchronize to the web) to end up with Dropbox integrated within MODX seamlessly.

Dropbox Media Source in Action

As with other Media Sources, you can restrict access to the Media Source through the Access Permissions tab so you have full control over who can access is and who can't.

Using the Dropbox Media Source

To use your Dropbox Media Source, it's probably easiest to drag and drop from your Files tab to the content or where-ever you want to use your Dropbox files. For example, if I wanted to write an article about some crazy bug I found, and I added the screenshot for it to my dropbox's app folder, I can write my content and drag the bug.PNG file to where I need it to appear. It will automatically get the right link which routes the request through your Media Source configuration and returns the proper file.

Using the Dropbox Media Source

Which results in your image being displayed as normal...

Front-end display of MODX Dropbox Media Source by Digital Butter

James told me they are not ready to publicly release it yet as the amount of support requests and bug reports coming in would be too much for them to handle right now, and instead they are having the team and friends beta it for a bit. I'll definitely be playing with this some more, and hopefully this will see a release for others soon. You can however find a package and the source on Github.

Now, I don't know about you, but I think we owe our Hong Kong MODX Development friends a round of applause for making this happen!

I like numbers, and analyzing them to see what is going on. As a result of that, I spend too much time in my Google Analytics code figuring out what is going on with my site and what content is most appreciated. However, I keep on finding non-public URLs for blogs which haven't been published yet in my stats.. but no more.

These visits are from when I visit a blog post which I've written to give it a quick proof-read, or to make sure the code blocks show up like they should. While not a disaster, I want to tackle this inconvenience and stop tracking my own visits. And hey, perhaps you can improve the quality of your clients' statistics with the same thing as well?

The Different Options and Considerations

There's a few things you can do. You can disable tracking for your IP through a Google Analytics filter, or by setting up a special page on your website/domain which sets a user cookie indicating we don't want Google Analytics to track us. While that would work, I also use my phone with HandyMan on 3G to work on my site or respond to comments and it would become a bit cumbersome to keep visiting a no-track page everytime I want to check my own site (as I'm pretty sure my phone's 3G IP changes quite often).

I just want to make sure anyone that is logged into the manager is not being tracked. So, perhaps I should just whip up a quick plugin that sets the Analytics cookie from the manager? Too bad that doesn't solve the issue when working on content on my phone yet...

Let's just get rid of the code!

The option I ended up going with is to just get rid of the entire Google Analytics code whenever I'm logged in on the Manager. This will work with HandyMan, as that simply logs you in to the manager as well, and I can live with seeing my own pageviews in my stats when I'm commenting on something without being logged in - after all, that's pretty much a valid request, right? :)

For this I first tried the "memberof" output filter on the 0 tag, however that gave problems when there was no user logged in as it returned a fatal error.. oops. I suspect this has been addressed in MODX 2.2, but as I haven't had the chance to test some quick-'n-dirty custom coding on my site in 2.2, I'm delaying doing the upgrade for now (tho it is a frick'n awesome release and I did launch some sites on it already!).

Now what? Custom snippet to the rescue!

Instead I quickly rolled my own code in a tiny snippet I called "isAdmin". The snippet looks somewhat (well, exactly) like this:

if ($modx->user instanceof modUser) {
  if ($modx->user->hasSessionContext('mgr')) { 
    return true;
  }
}
return false;

All it does is check to make sure we've got an active user account, and if we do it checks if we are authorized for the "mgr" context. It either returns true (which translates to 1) or false (0), so on its own it's not too useful yet.. however that does work pretty well with the "empty" and "notempty" output filters/modifiers.

Using the Snippet & Output Filters

To cut to the chase (this was supposed to be a quick tip) here's my Google Analytics chunk with the all new isAdmin snippet in action.

What's going on here:

  1. We're calling the isAdmin snippet uncached, as per Caching Guideline 2 for MODX Revolution.
  2. We're checking if the result of the snippet is notempty (so we see if it has data, in the case of our snippet that's a boolean "true" or "1" when a Manager user is logged in). If the snippet returns something we put in an HTML comment, that way you still know the Google Analytics is being parsed.
  3. Next we check the output with the "default" output filter, which is the same as "empty". As we've chained these output modifiers, the snippet would have the HTML comment as value at this point in case the snippet originally returned "1". If it returned "0" it would still be considered empty at this point, which means we dump our Google Analytics code to the screen.
  4. And of course don't forget to close the tag at the end :)

Something else: as you can see I'm also using a setting with key "ga" to store my Google Analytics code in a system-wide or context-specific setting, allowing me to reuse the chunk across contexts without having to change it, by simply setting the right analytics profile ID in the context setting. I'm also telling Google Analytics to track the page load time, which is a nifty statistic to have.

Alright, that's it for now! Enjoy!

Two weeks ago we saw the release of MODX Revolution 2.2 - you probably heard a thing or two about it already. In this article I will introduce to you the new features I think are most impressive.

One of the hardest parts of writing this article is picking which features to discuss. Of course there's the big ones like the ability to use custom resource classes and media sources, but there's also a number of little (and slightly bigger) gems that may be easier to miss and may not have been covered in much detail by others yet. I think I'll cover those here.

New Tag: Comment

This was already added in 2.1.5, but in its simplicity yet powerful application it's worth a mention here plus it's such an easy thing to miss!

Let's take an example of when this comes in handy. When working on a template you need to make some changes in the way your snippet works - but as you'll need to be able of reverting quickly (and you don't run VersionX) - it's not uncommon to copy/paste the old call and just put some random gibberish in front of the name (or was that just me?) like this, to prevent it from outputting.

This trick works because it can't find the "zzzWayfinder" snippet, so it has nothing to output. All good right?

Well, almost. MODX Tags are processed inside out which means that even if it can't find the "zzzWayfinder" snippet, it will still have processed our UltimateParent snippet call, even before it even checks if this "zzzWayfinder" thing exists. That's unneccesary processing time, slowing down your site for no reason! It wont be a devastating performance hit in this example, but every bit helps. The worst part is that, when the new snippet tag works, it's too easy to just leave the old snippet in there in case the client comes back with the request to revert it back next week... just in case that happens, the snippet is not bothering anyone there right?

The new comment tags in 2.1.5 take away that problem. Whenever you use the dash (-) as token on a tag, MODX will see it as a comment and will not execute the tag or any tags contained in it, but it simply discards it. So taking our example, this would be perfect to maximize performance but keep record of the tag (and it's just as easy!):

Move your TVs below the Resource Content

This is something we've been doing in Evolution for a while, and Revolution 2.2 now also gives you the opportunity to move your TVs to below the resource content. It's easier for clients (the tab is easy to miss and makes TVs sound like an afterthought, and what on earth is a "template variable", right?) and, well, with the all new shiny UI it doesn't look too shabby either!!

Moving down the TV panel is easily achieved by setting the "tvs_below_content" system setting to "Yes", resulting in a more familiar look for those still used to Evo. If you fancy, you can also get rid of the title of the all new verticle tabs with the "show_tv_categories_header" system setting, though I personally like to keep it there. 

More OOP than ever

For the hardcore developers among us, this new 2.2 release marks an even more Object Oriented codebase then we've ever seen. Pretty much all the processors (you know, those great things you can call with $modx->runProcessor() that execute requests made to the connectors?) have been refactored to now be class-based. For example, here's what the chunk/create processor (in core/model/modx/processors/elements/chunk/create.class.php) looks like in 2.2:

<?php
require_once (dirname(dirname(__FILE__)).'/create.class.php');
class modChunkCreateProcessor extends modElementCreateProcessor {
    public $classKey = 'modChunk';
    public $languageTopics = array('chunk');
    public $permission = 'new_chunk';
    public $elementType = 'chunk';
    public $objectType = 'chunk';
    public $beforeSaveEvent = 'OnBeforeChunkFormSave';
    public $afterSaveEvent = 'OnChunkFormSave';
}
return 'modChunkCreateProcessor';

You can see the chunk/create processor in 2.1 for comparison on Github, I think it's too big to include here ;)

As you can probably imagine, there's some benefits there to implement that in your own Addon processors, and the three-page long Developing an Extra tutorial in the MODX docshas been updated to match.

Other big, new, fancyness in MODX 2.2

  • Shiny new Manager UI, login screen and setup
  • Command line setup/upgrade (anyone tried this?)
  • Media Sources for better control over file access and base url/path settings
  • Custom Resource Classes of which Articles is the first and I think a pretty impressive example.
  • Static (file based) Elements
  • Automatic minification and compression of assets in the Manager using Google Minify (thanks for the reminder ZAP!)

What's your 2.2 favorite?



I'm blacking out my MODX site this January 18th to protest against the SOPA and PIPA. While I'm not in the US, and my server isn't either, I may not have a direct threath in these two - but I'm with the techies here that think it will have major impact on everyone if this thing passes.. So I developed a little plugin to black out my site (yet give people who need access to my site the ability to do so).

The plugin, SOPA Blackout, is available from the MODX Extras repo for MODX Revolution and is quite simple.

  1. On January 18th 2012, between 8am and 8pm (taken from your server time), the plugin will hijack all first requests made to your site (excluding manager access) and show a message explaining real briefly what's going to happen and give them a link for further information.
  2. In the background the plugin sets a session variable indicating the user has seen the notice. This session variable stores a timestamp which is checked and considered "valid" for three hours, meaning your visitor will only see the blackout once until their session is cleared (browser close) or its been three hours since they saw it.
  3. The user can either refresh the page (the plugin doesn't change the link) or click a link at the bottom of the page to go forward to what they were looking for.

The notice people will get looks like this (heavily borrowed from this wordpress plugin, licensed as GPL):

Easy enough, users will be alerted and can go on their way. It's a little way to show your support to the anti-SOPA and PIPA movements out there.

The notice serves a 503 service unavailable error, so your search engine results wont be affected, though it's unlikely search engines will be able to index content during the time the plugin is active. The plugin also serves a retry-after header which is calculated based on the "until" time set in the plugin configuration (by default January 18th 8pm) - that should let the crawlers know when it's "safe" to return.

My site will serve this message coming January 18th as I refuse to give up free internet without doing, well, something. I hope you will do too. Download the plugin. The source is also on Github.

Oh, by the way, if you want to use different times - just go to the Plugin configuration and change the start/until dates there. Just make sure it's a valid date/time syntax and it should adapt easily.