New WordProof Plugin Timestamps WordPress Content on the Blockchain

WordProof Timestamp is a new free plugin that bridges the WordPress and blockchain communities in an approachable, user-friendly way. It gives users the ability to timestamp their posts and pages to demonstrate transparency and claim ownership of content.

WordProof works with any EOSIO blockchain to create the timestamp and provides a custom certificate link with a frontend pop-up to display it.

The plugin adds a “View the blockchain certificate” link under each post or page, which pops up the URL, title, content, timestamp information, and will soon also display revisions. Users will be able to browse through different timestamps to view the changes.

WordProof Timestamp was first created by Van Ons, a WordPress agency based in Amsterdam. This is the same company that recently open sourced Laraberg, a package that allows developers building applications with Laravel to integrate the Gutenberg editor. Development has now been passed on to a dedicated WordProof team that is funded by Tenos.

“I have been working and investing with blockchain as a hobby since 2013,” Van Ons founder Sebastiaan van der Lans said. “After we built the WP GDPR Compliance plugin and started working Laraberg, I am trying to work more and more on open source projects. From my point of view, WordPress + blockchain could not only democratize publishing but also doing business as a whole.”

Van der Lans said he expects that any type of publishing website or any site with “Terms & Conditions” pages can benefit from timestamping. It’s especially useful in mediating claims of plagiarism and content theft. WordProof has no transaction costs and is almost instant (0.5s). Van der Lans said it was important for this solution to have no transaction fees, since it is fundamental to proving the author’s identity and the integrity of the content.

Right now the plugin offers the ability to timestamp an entire article, including the title and content. Block level time-stamping is not on the roadmap, but the team is open to adding it in the future. They are currently looking into time-stamping media files and legal documents.

After launching the plugin in beta, a team of 60 testers, from both the WordPress and EOS.IO blockchain communities, gave feedback that led to the creation of a WordProof Wizard to make it easier for users to set up the required accounts.

“Our testers’ main concern: it was too difficult to create an account on the blockchain and download and set-up a blockchain wallet afterwards,” Van Ons head of product Jelle van der Schoot said. “Therefore, we invested a lot of time into improving the UI/UX of the entire process (downloading the plugin, creating a blockchain account, downloading and setting up a wallet, timestamping).”

The wizard supports both Telos and EOS and guides users through the process of setting up an account directly inside the WordPress dashboard. The process takes approximately five minutes.

“We believe the WordProof Wizard can have a massive impact on the onboarding of new users to the blockchain in general, but more specifically to the Telos and EOS blockchains,” van der Schoot said.

Timestamping posts is by no means a new idea. There are already several free WordPress plugins that have similar functionality and work with various blockchain technology, such as WP Blockchain, STAMPD.IO, Po.et, and Mingrana WP to Blockchain. WordProof is different from many of them in that it doesn’t use a centralized middle layer.

The team behind the plugin is working on more tools that bring blockchain features to WordPress and will soon be adding cryptographically secured decentralized WordPress hosting to the WordProof lineup. van der Lans will also be speaking about more of the benefits of timestamping content with the blockchain at WordCamp Europe in his presentation titled “From WordPress to blockchain: the future is 100% open source.”

If you’re interested in the project, you can follow WordProof on Twitter or join the WordProof Telegram channel where users can also find support for the plugin.

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9 Comments


    1. Yes John exactly. Any page published on a WP site, like a news item for example, will be able to cryptographically prove (i.e. in a tamper proof way) exactly the time and date it was published.

      This can be used to prevent plagiarism of unique content and from fake news stories emerging through cyclical reporting where the exact first source is not able to be determined.

      It wont detect copycats or prevent them from copying it, but it should deter anyone from wanting to copy it as they will never be able to claim it as their own if you time and date stamp it, because they could not create a stamp of the same content or news that showed it was published any earlier than your version.

      If you are submitting a patent application or an entry for a medical journal you would want this.

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    2. Laws need to be updated to admit blockchain digital records as acceptable evidence. Vermont has already done this, 12 V.S.A. § 1913 Blockchain Enabling statute.

      Vermont and Wyoming are two leading states writing favorable blockchain laws dealing with blockchain business formation, online record keeping, privacy, and cryptocurrency regulation.

      Blockchain specialist law firms are appearing to provide legal advice.

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    1. Me the same.
      Would be nice if the article would contain some background info and better description what this is, why this might be useful at all or where the use case in general is.

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  1. Awesome isn’t it!
    And I’m a proud WordProof tester :-)
    And….. I giving the first WordProof workshop at our WordPress Meetup in Heerhugowaard (The Netherlands) at the 4th of july.

    I love the amazing WordProof founders.

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  2. @SarahGooding

    Please note this plugin development was funded by the Telos Worker Proposal system where a percentage of the Telos Blockchain Inflation is saved to a special account to fund projects voted on by the Telos token holders.

    Telos is a blockchain built using the eosio software. It is the community governed version of its sister chain EOS which was launched without raising any external funding and was powered up mainly through community sweat equity.

    As EOS was first and Telos came after, like a breakaway renegade group, Telos does not get as much exposure as it could and it is a really great project that can have such a huge impact on the lives of many millions of people if we can continue to inform and educate. Posts like this for example which fail to mention Telos is actually funding the development of this product so please help us to get Telos more well known.

    If you have not heard of Telos the community governed blockchain yet then come and join the conversation in the Telos Community Telegram channel and start learning who everyone is and the projects the teams are working on, I think you will find it is very interesting and each team has at least one newsworthy project.

    There’s dragons, shoes for school children, cash in the community challenges, the blockchain church, robots, community owned block producers, Meetups, art schools for blind kids, free airdrops, and lots of tools and tech stuff too of course, but the Telos community are real people who care and are working tirelessly to produce a solid and sustainable platform to host fair and free market solutions for communities, commerce, education, finance, robotics, AI, IoT and so much more I will stop now so you’re not overloaded.

    Search Telegram for the Telos Community channel, and if you don’t know telegram start at the telosfoundation.io website

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    1. Sorry if my comments came across as a grumpy old man(I am one sometimes haha!)

      As I was involved in launching Telos I feel protective over it like it is one of my children!

      I really appreciate this exposure for Telos and that we can introduce it to a whole new community like WordPress. I mean no disrespect, please forgive me if my comment above gives the impression I am not appreciative. Please keep up the great work Sebastiaan and WP Tavern and everyone involved in this project, you are all amazing for producing this tool and using EOS & Telos, thank you.

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  3. Does verification of timestamp also work with Cache-Plugins which remove whitespace etc. in content?

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