Don’t Disable Right-Click on your Wesite
This is usually done by adding some script to the web page which disables the right-click menu. Instead, you get a little message-box saying Right-Click disabled. Content is Copyright.
Do you really think that is going to stop somebody from viewing your page source or copying your images? It doesn’t. Every function that you find on the right-click menu is generally available from the browser’s main menu. Want to view the source of a page that has right-click disabled? Simply go to the browser’s View menu and click Source. Want to copy the images? You can Save (use the File | Save menu) the entire page with all its associated images. Alternatively, now that you know how to view the source of a “protected” page, you can get the URL of the image from the source and enter it into a new browser window or tab. You’ll get the image in a page of its own and the right-click menu will not be disabled. Of course, anyone with a screen-grabbing program can get any image off any page.
I’m not encouraging you to steal other peoples’ property, so why am I telling you how to do this? Well for a start, it’s not some secret that the average person couldn’t work out for themselves. Most of all, though, it is to discourage website owners from even bothering to disable the right-click menu.
The right-click menu on most browsers contains items other than View Source and Save Image. They also include handy functions such as Back, Forward, Print, Bookmark page etc. By disabling the right-click menu, you’re alienating people who are used to using those functions.
Finally, users of the Opera Browser who have discovered the fantastic mouse gestures used to navigate sites will really hate you for disabling the right-click menu. When you’ve got used to holding the right mouse button down and dragging left to go Back and right to go Forward, you don’t want to go revert to using toolbar buttons or menus.
As a long-time Opera user, I usually navigate away from sites that disable the right-click. If I was a potential customer of yours, you lost me for good.
So don’t bother disabling the right-click menu. It annoys the visitors and there are several ways around it anyway.