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4 Ways to Prevent Reuse of Your WordPress Blog Images

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Image theft is a common problem that photographers have to face all the time. Recently, one of our readers asked us if there was a way to prevent image theft on his WordPress blog.

In this tutorial, we will share with you 4 ways to prevent reuse of images from your blog.

About theft of image and copyright

Copyright laws are universal and applicable worldwide. The original creator automatically becomes the owner of his copyright creation work. Even if he does not mention it on his website, one must always assume that the content he uses is protected by copyright.

This includes images, text, videos or any other form of content that you see on the web.

The problem is that images and text can be easily copied. Many people think that no one will notice if they steal an image and use it on their blog. It is not only illegal but also unethical to steal the work of others. There are many places where you can easily find royalty free images.

While it's flattering to see other people using your work in their own projects, sometimes it's also very frustrating to see a flagrant disregard for your rights. There is no way to completely stop people from stealing your images, but there are many ways to discourage and prevent image theft on a WordPress site.

Here are the most common 4 methods to protect your images on WordPress.

1. Disable Right Click

Stealing an image is very simple because a user can simply right click and select "Save Image As" to upload your image. You can disable right-click on your site and make the task more difficult for an average user.

Here are two plugins that you can use to disable right-clicking on your WordPress images.

Envira Gallery

Envira Gallery is one of the best gallery plugins on WordPress. Apart from helping you to create beautiful image galleries, Envira offers other features that are just as interesting as each other. One of these features is the protection of images.

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Just access " Envira Galery> Settings And click on the tab " Extensions ". Scroll down the list to locate the extension " protection », Install and activate it.

Envira extension of image protection

Now, when creating your gallery, click on the tab " Diverse And scroll down. You will find the option for " activate the image protection "(Enable overload protection). Check this option and save your gallery.

Envira gallery image protection option

You can now add this gallery of images anywhere on your WordPress site. Right click protection will be automatic.

WP Content Copy Protection

This simple plugin is free and allows you to disable a right click on your WordPress site. The disadvantage of using this plugin is that it disables the right click on the whole page.

If you use a slider a lightbox plugin, there will often be compatibility issues.

2. Use a watermark on images to your blog

Watermarks seem to work very well for many photography stock websites. The obvious disadvantage is that your photos or images may not display properly.

However, you can add a watermark with tact. The goal is to maintain the aesthetic appeal of your images while discouraging theft.

1 Method: With Envira Gallery

Once again, we emphasize that Envira is probably the best solution for photographers. This solution also offers an extension " watermarking "(Watermark). You will need at least one Envira Gallery license to use this addon ».

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Just install and activate the Envira Gallery plugin. When activating the plugin, you must access " Envira Gallery> Settings And click on the addons tab. Locate the extension " watermarking And activate it.

Now, when creating a gallery or editing an existing gallery, you'll notice the new tab " Watermarking In the gallery settings.

Envira Gallery Settings

2 method: With the plugin "Easy Watermark"

The other option is to use the Easy Watermark Plugin. Just install and activate the plugin. After activation, go to the " Settings> Easy Watermark To configure the plugin settings.

Easy Watermark WordPress plugin

3. Disable "Hotlinking" images on WordPress

Another common way to steal images from websites is to download them from the original source. The image that loads from your server will be displayed on third party websites without your permission.

This also increases server load and bandwidth usage. Here's how you can disable hotlinking of images from your WordPress blog. Just add the following code in the .htaccess file at the root of your WordPress site.

RewriteEngine on RewriteCond% {HTTP_REFERER}! ^ $ RewriteCond% {HTTP_REFERER}! ^ Http (s)?: // (www \.)? [NC] RewriteCond% {HTTP_REFERER}! ^ Http (s) ?: //(www\.)? [NC] RewriteRule \. (jpg | jpeg | png | gif) $ - [NC, F, L]

This code blocks hotlinking While allowing you to view the images in the search results and on your site.

If necessary you can add " »Or any other search engine of your choice.

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4. Add a copyright notice on your WordPress blog

Adding a copyright notice to your website may also discourage the theft of images. You can simply add a copyright notice in the footer of your theme in plain text or HTML.

The disadvantage of this is that you will have to modify this code each year. A better approach is to add a dynamic copyright notice to WordPress. Just add this code to your file functions.php file or in one of your plugins.

Function bpc_copyright () {global $ wpdb; $ Copyright_dates = $ wpdb-> get_results ("SELECT YEAR (min (post_date_gmt)) AS firstdate, YEAR (max (post_date_gmt)) AS lastdate FROM $ wpdb-> posts WHERE post_status = 'publish'"); $ Output = ''; If ($ copyright_dates) {$ copyright = "& copy;". $ Copyright_dates [0] -> firstdate; If $ copyright_dates [0] -> firstdate! = $ Copyright_dates [0] -> lastdate) {$ copyright. = '-'. $ Copyright_dates [0] -> lastdate; } $ Output = $ copyright; } Return $ output; } Add_shortcode ('copyright', 'wpb_copyright'); Add_filter ('widget_text', 'do_shortcode');

This code finds the date of the first article you posted on your blog and the last date you published anything. After that, it issues a dynamic copyright notice.

That's it for this tutorial. Feel free to share it with your friends on your favorite social networks.

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