Content Theft Prevention Plugin

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Providing fresh and unique content is vital to a blog’s growth, and preventing others from copying and pasting your posts and images has been difficult. Until now. The Computer Tech Tips and Computer Tricks Blog shares a WordPress plugin that not only disables text selection/right-click function, it displays a message to would-be content thieves and tracks their IP address so blog owners have proof, should you need it.

Step-by-step download and installation instructions are available at the Wp-PreventCopyBlogs plugin homepage. The plugin is free, but the site owner has a PayPal donate link for those who wish to contribute.

(Note: I have not yet test-driven this plug-in, but I’ve had people ask me about this issue, so I thought I’d share this link with my readers.)

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#1 Linda Fulkerson on 03.03.10 at 1:27 pm

I just uploaded and activated this plugin. I periodically check my post search results in Google and was shocked that someone had posted my complete post of “StumbleUpon Your Target Audience” onto his blog. I won’t give him the satisfaction of linking to him, but that is why we have plugins such as this one. You will need your mysql database login information to activate this plugin, and so far I’ve had no issues with it. I’ve disabled right click and text selection. If you wish to reprint any content from OnBloggingWell, please contact me via the Contact Form for permission to do so. Thanks!

#2 Passing by on 03.12.10 at 12:42 am

Although this is great for content theft, it is not so great when a reader wants/needs to open another tab to read multiple articles from someones site. I find it frustrating that not only are your links set “open in same window” that you also remove the right click option thinking everyone is a scraper. Sad but I get it, stops content & picture theft.
But here is the thing, one cannot open link you have set to other blogs without leaving your site!! Bad option as one tends not to return to original site once this happens.
Maybe you could set some of your links (likes the ones to other sites) to open in new window while the links to your stuff opens in same window.
Also, in this comments box, the cursor cannot be set to go back to previous typing… huh… really? Makes it hard to edit ones comment.
Very frustrating
Just saying

#3 Linda Fulkerson on 03.12.10 at 5:33 am

I appreciate your comment. I’ll look into other options for security that hopefully won’t create frustration for users, as I definitely do not want to do that.

I’ve found several of my posts recreated entirely (right before I installed the plugin), and a blogger I know had his entire site’s content recreated recently. There has to be a good way to stop that as well as serve our readers. I’ll do some more checking on that this weekend.

Thanks for taking the time to explain the downfalls of this plugin for readers! Serving the readers is my priority, so I will make some changes this weekend to correct this!


#4 Linda Fulkerson on 03.12.10 at 8:50 am

I have deactivated this plugin. It turned into a nuisance for my readers, and I don’t want that! Sorry for any inconvenience this plugin may have caused you.

#5 Passing by on 03.13.10 at 7:39 pm

It’s unfortunate that the pluggin is an all or nothing type of pluggin
It would be great if they had one “only for pictures” or only for “some” content as this would enable the visitor more freedom on the site while enabling the content provider the ability to protect certain content.
Sadly though, it is not, and I for one, appreciate that you appreciate your customers input.

Sometimes as a web master, it is appropriate to visit ones site from another computer just to see what they see on ones site; or how ones site acts after a pluggin is installed. This should be done regularily but especially after making changes.

Cheers and thanks for listening/changing

#6 Linda Fulkerson on 03.14.10 at 5:32 am

@Passing By . . .

Yes, it is sad that this plugin was all or nothing. I did “test drive” it and it did everything it said it would — I just didn’t think about the frustration it would cause to my readers.

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