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WordPress is one of the established building blocks the Raidious Platform Development team relies on when duty calls to develop a website for a client. We have found it greatly reduces development time, and gives us and our clients access to resources like development communities that don’t exist with totally custom solutions.

Raidious recently had the pleasure of building a website for Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services.  We decided to go with a custom WordPress theme and custom plugins. One of the widgets they requested was a Homeland Security threat level meter.

This plugin displays the current Homeland Security threat level. It pulls and parses the RSS feed from the Department of Homeland Security website and displays the threat level graphically.

This code is based off of the “US Department of Homeland Insecurity Idiocy Level” plugin found here: http://blog.acidchaos.de/downloads/plugin-us-department-of-homeland-insecurity-idiocy-level-for-wordpress/

As you can see, the plugin at the above link was meant as a bit of a joke. But we cleaned it up a bit, updated the images and voila!

You can download the plug-in here.

If you would like to update the imagery, we have included a PSD. Enjoy!

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2 Responses

  1. Reagan

    Hi,
    Thanks for the cool Homeland Security Threat Level plugin. I’m not seeing any installation instructions though – am I missing them, or can you point me in the right direction?
    Thanks!

    1. Hey Reagan,

      As with any plugin, you’ll want to extract the contents of this zip file to the /wp-content/plugins/ folder of your WordPress installation. Then log in to your WordPress admin and click on plugins. You’ll see a new one there called “Homeland Security Threat Level”. Activate that bad boy.

      This plugin isn’t a widget and there is no short-code for it, so you’ll need to add the php code that calls the plugin to your theme, where ever you want it to show up.

      Here is the code:
      <?php wp_threatLevel(’some_CSS_class‘); ?>

      You can of course replace some_CSS_class with whatever class you would like to be applied to the image.

      Good luck!

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