What are some solutions that your are using to keep others from stealing your code in the live demos? I know using watermarks is probably the biggest but I’m looking for other methods. I don’t use to many images and if I do then it is a repeating background. I wrote a little script to remove all my comments and line breaks but not sure how successful that is. It seems that it would be pretty time consuming to put it back in order but for all I know there is probably a program that will help do that.
i think there is no way to do it.. just trust that more people will buy your item than steal it.. I still don’t know if I should make live preview of HTML templates.. I made it for one of my items, i think it is good one, and got only one sale.
I think you have to trust that people are typically “good” – in this respect. I doubt that you need to worry about it too much.
But, I would still recommend that all of you include a link to a live preview. There are no statistics to back this up, but I would still assume that sales are much higher for themes that include a live link.
95% Of People are honest, i don’t see the point in wasting more time just to help deal with those other 5%, there is always a ‘2nd’ way in computing. So really, if someone wants something bad enough – they will get it.
i find it easier to just buy (with these prices) than to steal…. just download and voilá
If you want to make this more annoying for people content to ‘borrow’ your live previews, you could look at HTML and CSS obfuscators:
I haven’t tried any myself, but I imagine they may be handy!
If anyone finds one they recommend please give it a should here in the forum, and we’ll add it to our upload documentation!
I personally wouldn’t worry about it. No matter what you do, if someone is intent on stealing your code… they’ll get it.
One option – although I’m not sure how this would fly with the powers that be – is instead of a live preview of the site, perhaps creating a walk-through video of how a user would navigate through the site. Highlighting the navigation, rollovers, text, images, etc…
But the amount of work involved in something like that probably would not be worth the effort just to keep a few bad apples from ganking your code.
@Tyler – It might prove to be too difficult on this site. But, it would be a great idea to create a little screencast that shows how to manipulate the theme, upload it to Youtube or Blip, and then include a link to the video in the description of your theme.
The more help you offer, the more sales you’ll make.
I would agree with others about relying on peoples honesty as i think the large majority of people wouldnt be sly enough to try and just copy all the code and such.
I personally just put on some watermarks as i feel of those who might even consider trying to steal anything, would be much more deterred this way