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How to Add No Right Click on WordPress Images

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Do you want to add no right-click to your WordPress images?

If you’re a photographer, artist, or content creator, then you are probably worried about people stealing your images. While it’s difficult to completely stop image theft, you can make it more difficult for people to steal pictures from your website.

In this article, we will show you how to easily add no right-click on WordPress images and galleries.

How to add no right click on WordPress images

Why Add No Right-Click on WordPress Images?

The Internet has made it easier to share your work with the world, but it’s also made it easier for people to steal your images.

These people might use your content to promote scams or fraudulent products. They might even sell your digital art and graphics online, making money from your hard work while you make none.

If you are an online influencer or have a big social media following, then people might even steal your photos and impersonate you online. For example, they might pretend you are their affiliate marketing partner.

Even if you simply write a WordPress blog, people can still use your personal photos as part of online scams like fake ads or reviews.

Scammers could even scrape your WordPress blog content and images, and then republish it on other websites. This duplicate content can damage your WordPress SEO.

While there’s no single solution that can completely prevent intellectual property and image theft, you can make your site a less attractive target.

That being said, let’s see how you can add no right-click on WordPress images and galleries. Simply use the quick links below to jump straight to the method you want to use:

Method 1. How to Add No Right Click to All Your WordPress Images

The easiest way to protect your images is by using No Right Click Images. This free plugin allows you to disable right-clicking for images only, so users can still right-click on your other content including links.

You can also enable and disable right-click based on whether the visitor is logged into their account. This is perfect if you run a subscribers-only stock photo WordPress site or some other form of membership site.

First, you will need to install and activate the No Right Click Images plugin. If you need help, then please see our beginner’s guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, go to Settings » No Right Click Images to configure the plugin settings.

How to add no right-click on WordPress images

The default options should work for most users, but it’s still worth checking whether you need to make any changes. In particular, these settings can help you close any loopholes that people might use to get around the no right-click protection.

Out of the box, the plugin disables dragging images so users can’t copy an image by dragging it onto their desktop or another tab. With that in mind, we always recommend leaving the ‘Disable Dragging of images’ checked.

No Right Click Images also disables touch and gesture events, which can stop people from stealing images on devices that use those sorts of actions such as smartphones.

However, this can cause problems if you use images as links or buttons. It’s also not recommended if you have interactive graphics, such as before-and-after images.

If you do encounter problems, then you can enable support for touch events and gestures by unchecking the following boxes: ‘Disable Touch events’ and ‘Disable Gesture events.’

How to disable touch events and gestures on your WordPress website

By default, visitors can still open a context menu and save your images on Apple devices.

That said, you may want to check the box next to ‘Disable context menu on Apple devices.’

How to disable the Apple context menu on your WordPress blog or website

When you’re happy with how the plugin is set up, don’t forget to click on ‘Save Changes’ to store your settings.

You can now log out of your WordPress admin account and visit your website. Then, simply click on any image to see if the right-click option of the plugin is working.

Method 2. How to Add No Right Click to Image Galleries

If you want to protect individual images across your website, then the first method is a good choice. However, sometimes you may want to create an image gallery in WordPress, and then disable right-clicking for the entire gallery.

For example, you might build a photography portfolio or display your most popular products in a nice gallery layout.

This is where Envira Gallery comes in.

It is the best content protection plugin for images and comes with a protection addon that disables the right-click functionality on any galleries you create using the plugin.

How to disable right-click for a WordPress gallery

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Envira Gallery plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, go to the Envira Gallery » Settings page from the WordPress admin sidebar and enter your license key.

Activating the Envira Gallery WordPress plugin

You can find this information under your account on the Envira Gallery website.

With that done, click on ‘Verify Key.’

Next, head over to the Envira Gallery » Addons page. Here, find the Protection addon and click on its ‘Install’ button.

Activating the Protection addon for Envira Gallery

When you see the ‘Inactive’ slider, give it a click so it shows ‘Active’ instead.

After that, you’re ready to start creating protected image galleries.

How to protect your galleries using the Protection addon

To get started, go to the Envira Gallery » Add New page and type in a name for your gallery.

This is just for your reference so you can use anything that helps you identify the gallery in your WordPress dashboard.

Creating a new gallery using a WordPress plugin

You’re now ready to add images to the gallery. You can click on ‘Select Files from Your Computer,’ or ‘Select Files from Other Sources’ and then choose images from the WordPress media library.

After that, scroll to the ‘Currently in your Gallery’ section and click on the ‘Misc’ tab.

How to disable no right-click for your image gallery

Under ‘Image Protection Settings,’ check the box next to ‘Enable Image Protection.’

This disables the right-click action for all your Envira galleries.

Enabling image protection for your image galleries

If a visitor tries to right-click a gallery, you may want to show a popup on your WordPress website. For example, you might let this person know your images are copyrighted, and can’t be downloaded without your permission.

If you’re selling your digital artwork or photos, then you can even use the popup to get more sales on your online store.

Showing a popup on right-click

To create a popup, check the box next to ‘Enable Popup Alert.’

You can then type in a title and message.

Show a popup when a visitor right-clicks an image

By default, visitors will click an ‘OK’ button to close the popup.

You can replace ‘OK’ with your own custom messaging by typing into the ‘Button Text’ field.

Adding a custom message to an image protection popup

When you’re happy with how the gallery is set up, click on ‘Publish’ to save your settings.

To add the gallery to your website, simply edit the post or page where you want to show the images and then click on the ‘+’ icon.

In the popup, type in ‘Envira Gallery’ and then click on the right block when it appears.

Add the Envira Gallery block to WordPress

This adds the Envira Gallery block in the WordPress content editor.

You can now open the dropdown menu and select the gallery you just created.

Publishing an image gallery to your website or blog

When you’re happy with how the page looks, either click on ‘Publish’ or ‘Update’ to make the protected gallery live.

Pros and Cons of Disabling Right-Click on WordPress Images

Disabling the right-click action makes it more difficult for people to steal your images. It also reminds users that they can’t simply save image files without the owner’s permission.

Sometimes, this will be enough to stop people from stealing your photos. This is particularly true for scammers, who tend to look for easy ways to download as many images as possible. It can also discourage genuine visitors, who may assume they can download and use any online content.

However, there are still ways to get around a website’s no right-click protection. For example, users can still download an entire page.

How to download images using the browser tools

This will copy the page’s content into a file, including all the images.

People can even use their browser’s view source or inspect tool to directly access an image file without right-clicking.

Inspecting an image using the built-in browser tool

With that in mind, disabling right-click may not be enough to keep your images safe.

On the other hand, some visitors may have a genuine reason why they need to download your images. For example, they may want to share your work with a potential future customer or post it on social media.

You might even allow people to reuse your images in specific ways, such as using your digital artwork on a non-profit website. In this case, disabling right-click can stop genuine users from accessing your images, which is a poor visitor experience.

If you do add no right-click to your website, then we recommend giving people an easy way to request access to your images. You can do this by adding a contact form to WordPress using a plugin such as WPForms.

How to create a contact form using WPForms

If visitors may need immediate access to your images, then you can also add live chat to your site. This allows people to send their requests and get a response in real time, which is a great user experience.

Alternative Ways to Discourage Image Theft on Your Website

When it comes to protecting your images, disabling right-click is a good first step. However, if you really want to stop thieves, then we recommend taking some extra measures.

With that in mind, here are some additional ways to stop people from downloading, reusing, and selling images without your consent.

1. Add a Copyright Notice Below Your Images

If you haven’t already, then you should add a copyright notice to your website. We recommend adding a dynamic copyright date to the WordPress footer so it appears on every page and always shows the current date.

An example of a copyright notice, in a website footer

This is a great start, but it’s also a good idea to add a copyright notice below each image in plain text. This discourages people from stealing your photos, without affecting how that image looks on your website.

Some visitors simply assume they can download and re-use any images they see online. By adding a copyright notice, you can clear up any confusion and stop people from making this innocent mistake.

How to protect your photos with a copyright disclaimer

2. Add Watermarks to Your Images

Another option is adding a watermark to your images. This works great for stock photography websites where visitors expect to see a watermark, but your images might not look their best.

An example of a stock photography website with watermarks

This can be a problem for some websites, particularly if you are a photographer or digital artist who’s promoting their work.

For that reason, we recommend positioning your watermarks carefully so they discourage people from stealing the image, without ruining how that image looks on your website.

To add a watermark, you can use Envira Gallery, which is the best WordPress gallery plugin on the market.

To learn more, please see our guide on how to automatically add watermarks to images.

3. Set Up Automatic Content Theft Notifications

Sometimes, websites will mention your business or brand name next to the stolen images, particularly if they’ve scraped an entire page from your site.

With that in mind, it’s a good idea to set up brand name notifications using a service such as Google Alerts. Simply head over to the Google Alerts page and type in the name of your site, brand, products, or any other important text.

If there’s a specific phrase or call to action that you add to every post, then you may also want to type this into Google Alerts.

Set up content theft notifications using Google Alerts

After that, use the dropdown menus to configure the alert and type in the email address where you want to get the notifications.

When you’re happy with how the alert is set up, go ahead and click on ‘Create Alert.’

Now, you’ll get an email letting you know if someone scrapes and publishes your content.

4. Reverse Image Search with Google

You can use Google image search to find all the places where a particular image is used online. Simply head over to the Google Images page and click on the small camera icon.

Protect your site against content theft

This will add a section where you can paste a direct link to the image or upload a copy from your computer.

After that, click on ‘Search.’

How to do a Google Reverse Image Search

Google will now show all the images that are similar to your picture. If you find the exact image on another website, then you can click through to see how that picture is being used.

If you have lots of photos, then checking each one manually can take a lot of time and effort. However, Google Reverse Image is a great way to uncover sites that reuse your images, so it’s smart to search from time to time.

Alternatively, you can use an advanced reverse image service such as Pixsy.

5. Contact the Website’s Host or Registrar

If someone has stolen and re-published your images, then we recommend contacting that person. There’s a chance they may be unaware they’re using copyrighted images illegally.

However, if it’s a spam website, then you may struggle to find contact information. Instead, you can use the IsItWP lookup tool to find out where the domain and website are hosted.

The IsItWP lookup tool

The tool will pull up any available information, including the web hosting company.

Stealing content is an illegal activity and most web hosting companies don’t want to host sites that are breaking the law. With that in mind, you can contact the host and registrar directly to try and get the site taken down.

Most reputable web hosting companies take DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) complaints seriously, so this method usually gets good results.

We hope this article helped you add no right-click on WordPress images. You may also want to see our ultimate WordPress security guide or check out our expert pick of the best Instagram WordPress plugins.

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  2. Mrteesurez says

    I appreciate this post.
    Also, can user perform a screenshot on the image and crop it. If it’s possible, so I would not need to protect it in this way.
    I accept adding a watermark and put copyright notice below the images, this is the best way to me as the user will be promoting your brand when he used or share your image accross the media.

  3. Jiří Vaněk says

    I’ve also been thinking about how to protect my images on the website, and perhaps the best solution is a watermark. Despite disabling the right-click, people still take screenshots or find other ways to bypass that.

  4. Else says

    Can’t wait to try it!

    @Ryan above, so I guess that means you are one of the ones who takes images? Who cares if it ANNOYS people?

    Comics are my job, and the more ways to stop them, the better. Most people are lazy, and won’t go further when they can’t right click. This includes teachers & students, about half my traffic, because they want to steal everything and pay for nothing.

    My answer to why big blogs don’t use this: because they ignore copyright & fair use. They SHOULD use this.

    Can I ask how to do what Paresh suggested, add a transparent png to the image?

  5. Paresh Khatri says

    There is another way to make it harder for the users to download images from your site similar to Flickr…. :) Put transparent png or gif images and you are done

  6. Ryan Lee Ball says

    I’ve never liked the idea of disabling browser functionality – it annoys people. If someone really want to download your photos they will – either via a browser plugin, Google image search or screen grabs. You can’t stop it.

  7. Keith Davis says

    Hi Guys
    Thanks for the heads up on a useful plugin.

    I’m not bothered about people stealing my images, but what about hot linking?
    How about a post on that?

  8. Ahmad Awais says

    Using this plugin can increase the pageload time I guess?
    Other question is why don’t most of the big blogs don’t use such stuff?

    • Editorial Staff says

      The load time increase would not be significant. This is pretty annoying that is why most big blogs dont’ use it. The only reason we wrote it about was because a user asked for it.


        • Editorial Staff says

          Just one of the many custom codes that we haven’t gotten around to sharing yet. The main reason why we don’t share this type of information is because it involves more CSS than anything else. People are very un-original. If we post a CSS code, they will implement it as-is. This causes hundreds of sites to look the exact same. Hope you understand.

  9. Ankur says

    Good option but easy to crack. Simple way is to use your site logo or watermark so that it cannot be reused, even if it does, you get the publicity.

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