Smartly Prevent Text Selection and Copy in WordPress

Prevents users from copying text on website

Want to prevent users from copying text of your WordPress website? But do not want to block the right-click, then this quick tip is for you. There can be many ways to handle this situation from plugins to CSS to a PHP code snippet.

These methods can be used by other users as well, not limited to WordPress. We will look into two ways to do this:

Method 1:
Block text copying using CSS

This is very simple option that anyone can easily implement on their website by adding the given CSS into your WordPress website. It will block the text selection on your website.

-webkit-touch-callout: none; /* iOS Safari */  
-webkit-user-select: none; /* Safari */  
-khtml-user-select: none; /* Konqueror HTML */  
-moz-user-select: none; /* Old versions of Firefox */  
-ms-user-select: none; /* Internet Explorer/Edge */  
user-select: none; /* Non-prefixed version, currently supported by Chrome, Opera and Firefox */ } 

Here is how you can add this CSS into theme customizer:

Step 1:
Go to WordPress dashboard (wp-admin section)

Step 2:
Navigate to Appearance > Customize.

Step 3:
Find the Additional CSS area, and paste the given CSS.

Step 4:
Now, try to copy the text from any page from your website.

If you want to try something cool, then the next option is you can try. It will allow users to copy the text on your website, but will replace the copied text by your given string of text.

Simply put, it will change the copied text by your text.

Method 2:
Block text copying using PHP code snippet.

To use this option, you need to add this php code into your theme’s function.php file or you can use a plugin like Code Snippet to add the given php snippet in to your WordPress.

add_action('wp_head', 'smartRightClick');
function smartRightClick()
{ ?>
function addLink() {
var selection = window.getSelection();         
pagelink = "This text will be replaced with selected text on page change it";         
copytext = pagelink;         
newdiv = document.createElement('div'); = 'absolute'; = '-99999px';         
newdiv.innerHTML = copytext;         
window.setTimeout(function () {         
}, 100);         
document.addEventListener('copy', addLink);  
<?php } ?>    
Do not forget to change the text on the ‘pagelink’ variable. User who want to use it on other platforms or on their own website, just add the whole <script></script> tag in your website.

By following these two methods, you can make it hard for users to copy the text from your website. However, these are not concrete solution, anyone with little use of brain can copy the text by opening inspect element.

Well, you can use it if you want to, please do let me know in the comments why you want to block user from copying text from your website.

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2 thoughts on “Smartly Prevent Text Selection and Copy in WordPress”

    1. Saurabh Chauhan

      Hi Andy,
      You can use robot.txt file to allow/block the bots and limit crawling rates. I will try to write something about this as well in future.

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