How To Protect Your Website Content?
Content is the king! So goes the age
old adage in the world of website design. Quite obviously
then, your website content is a treasured possession.
With all the time and effort that you out in developing
quality content, you would like to see it work in
However, what makes for a killing feeling
is when you see your own content posted on some other
web page without any knowledge of yours. Moreover,
your search engine rankings get affected as a result
of duplicate content. No matter what you do to protect
you content, hackers and thieves are often able to
get away with your content. But there is still help
at hand. Here are some tips that will help you to
discourage content theft and make the process more
Copyright your Website Content
Copyrighting your website can protect
against blatant content theft. When you have copyrights
for your website content, then you can protect it
from people who altogether copy the contents word
by word and place it on their website without giving
you any credits. Go to the Copyright Office website
and register your website there. The earlier you
do this, the better. So make sure you complete the
application within three months of launching your
website. You will need pay a processing fee apart
from sending copies of all the web pages whose content
you need to protect. Also, create a CD that contains
copies of all the files of your website and keep it
as backup for yourself. Insert the copyright meta
tag on all your web pages that has your company name
or website name. When the application has been accepted,
you will be send a 'Certificate of Registration'.
This will entitle you to sue any person or company
who steals your work and ask them for compensation.
Moreover, when you win the case, you can also recover
all the costs for lawyer fees and statutory damages.
Altering the Website Code
This technique may not save your content
from professional hackers and thieves. However, you
can save it from amateurs. Remove all the unnecessary
spaces in the HTML code of your website. This will
make it difficult for people to read through the whole
code and find individual text options. Thus, it will
not be easy for thieves to simple lift your content
filled web pages. Another way is to disable the right
This can prevent people from selecting text and images
on your website and copying it on some other places.
However, this can get pretty annoying for genuine
visitors who come to your website and want to take
Change the Text Contents
You can use Photoshop or just any other
image editing software and change the text elements
into images. Here is how you can do that. Select the
text that you want to change. Open a new image file
and select an appropriate size that will accommodate
the body of the text. Sharpen the image. Save the
file. Don't forget that large images with very high
resolution can make web pages to load slower. Therefore,
its better to save the text images in medium resolution.
When you upload the file to your website, people would
still be able to print the file. But then they will
have to re-type every word of it to reuse the contents.
About the Author:
Kabir Bedi is working as a senior web
consultant at LeXolution IT Services, a professional
development company India. The company provides
a range of web design services, web development services
in addition to a host of website maintenance services
such as Web site updates.
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