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How to Disable Right Click in WordPress

How to Disable Right Click in WordPress

Disabling the right click option is one of those things that can definitely come in handy. When you disable the right click, you prevent your visitors from stealing your content by doing the “copy/paste” command, and you also prevent them from viewing your site’s code using the Inspect command.

Read on to find out how you can disable right click in WordPress using a plugin.

Should You Disable Right Click?

Now, it’s clear why this is an extremely useful option for many. It is basically vital for portfolio sites, where you definitely want to prevent your visitors from copying your images, which represent your work and therefore your bread and butter. Imagine having just finished setting your gorgeous galleries and uploading your best images, only to find out someone is using them on another blog, claiming them as their own!

On the other hand, there are situations where you want to stop and think “Do I really want to prevent people from copying this?” Cooking websites and recipe blogs are a great example of this. The same goes with DIY sites, blogs where people share tips and tricks on how to do something, and so on. Some users like to copy the content and paste it in their special folders, so disabling the right click might mean interfering with their user experience.

Anyway, assuming you have made up your mind about disabling right click on your WordPress website, let’s see how it’s actually done.

Which Plugin to Use?

As we do in so many WordPress-related situations, we’re going to call a handy plugin to the rescue. After searching the market for a while, we decided to use the WP Content Copy Protection & No Right Click plugin, and here’s why.

WP Content Copy Protection & No Right Click plugin

This plugin comes in two versions – basic (free) and pro (paid). With the basic version of the plugin, you get to protect your content not just from right-click copying but also from selecting. That way, you’re also preventing the Ctrl+C command upon selection of text, for example.

It’s also important to mention that, when you disable right click, you’re not only protecting your content from copying, but also from page inspection, since the Inspect command is also located in the right click menu. Not just that – the plugin also disables the Ctrl+U command in Chrome, which is another way to view page code. That way, your page code is completely safe from unwanted looks.

As for the premium version, it has all the features as the basic one, plus more advanced control panel options, watermarking, jQuery overlay protection, aggressive image protection, and so on.

In any case, with this plugin, whenever a user attempts to right click on a piece of your content, he or she will receive a message saying that content is protected.

Content is protected

How It Works

Once you have installed the plugin, go to your Dashboard and click on Settings. From there, navigate to WP Content Copy Protection.

Disable Right Click

The main settings are the basic ones, i.e. the ones you get for free. Everything else, including the tabs next to Main Settings, is premium and you have to upgrade to use it.

Enable the protection for pages where you need it, for instance, your posts, your homepage and static page.

Protection For Pages

And that’s it. Your content will now be protected from copying and no one will be able to view your site code using the Inspect command.

Again, before you install and activate this plugin, you should make sure you really want to do it. Sometimes, users get annoyed or irritated by excessive protectionism and you may actually lose some traffic. Another issue to consider is that it may affect the Google crawler activity, which, in turn, may affect your page rank.

Still, if you’re posting original content and if it is vital for you to protect it from copying, plagiarism and theft, then disabling the right click in WordPress using a plugin is the ideal solution for you.

We hope this article was helpful. If you liked it, feel free to check out some of these articles as well!

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Comments (2)

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    Scaramouche

    Ana,

    Thanks for this article.

    I have a new client who might like this feature.

    Have you heard if disabling the right click can impact search engine results? I.e., does it prevent Google and Bing from accessing the code or does Google and Bing penalize you for any reason?

    Thanks for any answer you might have.

    reply

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