A couple of days back, one of my clients contacted me and asked me to disable right-click on his site.
When I asked him the reasons why, he told me that he was tired of copy/paste bloggers. I informed him about plagiarism and how he can file a DMCA against them. Or if these blogs were using auto RSS blogs, I told him how he could offer partial feeds instead of a complete feed.
But he still wanted to disable right-click (and copying of text).
Since his blog posts are being copied to hundreds of forums, it was still a good idea to disable right-click as it might reduce the number of copied posts.
In this article, I’m talking about a plug and play WordPress plugin named WP-Copyright-Protection. When you install and activate this plugin, clear your cache and you will see that you can’t select text or right-click anywhere on your site.
This plugin doesn’t come with any configuration panel and it’s simple to install and activate. The plugin will start working immediately on your site. Though I would suggest you only use this plugin when you are in a complete need as disabling right-click/selection of text deteriorates user experience.
You can download WP-Copyright-Protection plugin from the official plugin repo.
Anyways, I would love to know your opinion on disabling right-click or text selection in WordPress. What do you think? Should a webmaster disable such feature? Is it going to give a bad reader experience? If you have disabled right-click in the past, do let us know which method you used and what your reasons were for doing so.
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