Special Interest License Plates During COVID-19

I applied for a special interest license plate on July 24, 2020. Otherwise called personalized license plates or vanity license plates, they typically take about three months for you to receive notification from the DMV that they’re ready for pickup.

But we’re living in strange times right now, so here’s what I noticed that will be of interest to a lot of people also waiting:

  1. I finally received my DMV mail yesterday on January 30, 2021. So basically it’ll take you at least six months to be notified.
  2. I said mail above because previously they were postcards, but not this time. And here’s something rare that the DMV actually did right, which is it now gives you an option to “call the number below to have your plates assigned and mailed to you”.

This is actually welcome news for a lot of people, because it’s stupid to have to wait in line for something like this that should’ve been mailed in the first place anyway.

So I hope this answers some questions for other people waiting forever for their special plates. At least you don’t have to wait in line forever at your local DMV. But I live in San Diego, CA, so YMMV. Good luck!

P.S. My next blog post will be titled “Million Dollar License Plate”. Your jaws will drop when I reveal what license plate I was able to get. Stay tuned! 😉

The First Thing To Do After Installing WordPress

The first time I used WordPress was maybe right around this time about a decade ago. I had two websites made in WordPress, and both of them were hacked within weeks. So I immediately stopped using WordPress, and switched to Drupal.

But after talking to a few hardcore developers and learning a thing or two, I decided to give WordPress another shot and boy am I glad I did because it turns out that there’s at least a couple of things everybody’s supposed to do after immediately after installing WordPress to secure the website:

  1. Change the default login URL. I use the WPS Hide Login plugin.
  2. Enable brute force protection. After changing the login URL, it’s a good idea to do this so that hackers get locked out after a few failed attempts at guessing your username & password. I use the Loginizer plugin.
  3. Disable comments. This is because you’ll get spam comments, so it’s best to disable comments until you figure out what comment plugin you decide to use.

And that’s it. After I did the above, I realize that WordPress sucked but that I wasn’t a good developer. I hope this helps out someone. 🙂