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How to prevent visitors from downloading photos?

  1. My aunt is a professional photographer and I am helping set up a website for her portfolio, and I am considering using WordPress.com.

    One of her main concerns about WordPress.com is the ability for visitors to save an image from her site for reuse without permission. She normally uses Slideshow to showcase her images - it prevents images from being saved or downloaded.

    I understand WordPress.com does not support Slideshow. What are other photographers using to protect their work?

    She's not computer saavy so setting up her own WordPress.org site is not feasible. What other options would she have?

    Carrie

  2. If you don't want to risk an image being stolen then don't put it inb the internet. http://en.support.wordpress.com/prevent-content-theft/

    If you use Duotone theme right click is disabled. It's not available on any other themes and will not become available as it creates a false sense of security. Anyone can find instructions on the internet and get around it in less than 20 seconds flat. What's best is watermarking your images or not placing any images and/or text you don't want stolen on the internet at all. If you are referring to images this may help http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2007/10/19/watermark-your-blog-images/

    There is no FTP access and no plugin capability on free hosted WordPress.com blogs.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/ftp-access/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/plugins/

    There is no upgrade you can purchase that will provide the ability to install plugins. To use them you will need to hire a web host http://wordpress.org/hosting and set up a WordPress.org install.

    I understand WordPress.com does not support Slideshow.

    That's not so. We can have slideshows and galleries.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/images/gallery/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/slideshows/

  3. These are the accepted image file types:
    .jpg/.jpeg
    .gif
    .png
    Instructions for uploading are here http://en.support.wordpress.com/images/
    Here are more details about the options for uploading images http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2009/04/26/images-the-three-link-options/
    For troubleshooting images see here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/images/troubleshooting-images/

  4. You can use Slideshare, or Flickr with a Flickr slideshow if you want. The specs are in the support documents TT linked above.

  5. Thank you for your replies. The slideshow I was referring to was Slideshow Pro (http://slideshowpro.net/) which uses Flash to wrap the images, which makes it impossible to download them. (Sorry, I didn't make this clear.) They have a plugin for WordPress.org and requires FTP access, which I know WordPress.com does not allow. My aunt and I will discuss how WordPress.com can work for her, despite its limitations.
    Thanks, again!

  6. You can adapt Flash code to use here via the Gigya workaround: http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/category/gigya/

  7. Thanks very much, raincoaster, for the info about Gigya workaround. Good to know.

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