I was wondering what you do to protect your HTML /CSS/images when hosting live demos. Have you run into any problems with this?
Any other tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated.
It seems that several authors are simply using the honor system, hoping that people will not illegally download their files. However, many authors are taking a few steps to prevent this by “watermarking” their images, or leaving out some elements within the code, making them only available after purchase. Hope this helps.
I’ve been basically using the honor system but I may be looking into a way to better protect the files.
I also have a custom 404 error page on my server that will automatically shoot me an email when people are looking for something that isn’t there on my server. Twice I have gotten several 404 errors from person (not a search engine) that was trying to access quite a few of the images on a theme but spelled a few wrong. It was enough attempts that I blocked their IP address for 48 hours from my server just to be safe.
Thanks xmdsys! We’re pretty clueless at this time beyond watermarking but certainly understand that potential buyers want to see a live preview. Your solution sounds promising and will look into this. Maybe we need a new host. Hmm
You could choose to use a HTML obfucator, which there are quite a few to choose from.
That should annoy most people enough to purchase your file Of course they can be reversed but not unless you’re a programmer (or someone has written a reversal tool for a specific obfuscator).
We should probably put that information on the upload help page!