Creating a Dynamic Copyright Notice in WordPress: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Although a copyright symbol is no longer required to protect a website’s content, it is common for web designers to include a notice in the footer of their site. This notice usually provides basic information about the website’s copyright status.

A copyright notice typically includes the following elements:

  • Copyright symbol (optional)
  • Date of creation
  • Author’s name
  • Rights statement However, it is not necessary to include all of these elements and you can add any additional information or format the notice as you prefer. You can use a link, or any other form of text you prefer, to communicate your copyright notice.

How to create a dynamic copyright notice

If you’re looking to create a dynamic copyright notice in WordPress, there are a few ways to do so. One way is to modify the code of your website’s footer.php file, which can be done by adding a PHP function that automatically updates the year in your copyright notice. Another option is to use a plugin that can generate a dynamic copyright notice for you, without the need to modify code. This way, you can easily update the notice every year without having to manually change the date in your footer.

  1. To create a dynamic copyright notice, you can add the following code to your theme’s functions.php file:
function create_copyright() {
$all_posts = get_posts( 
'post_status=publish&order=ASC' );
$first_post = $all_posts[0];
$first_date = $first_post->post_date_gmt;
_e( 'Copyright © ' );
if ( substr( $first_date, 0, 4 ) == date( 'Y' ) ) {
echo date( 'Y' );
} else {
echo substr( $first_date, 0, 4 ) . "-" . date( 'Y' );
}
echo ' <strong>' . get_bloginfo( 'name' ) . 
'</strong> ';
_e( 'All rights reserved.' );
}

To implement the dynamic copyright notice, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Save any changes made to the functions.php file
  2. Open the footer.php file in your theme
  3. Locate the existing copyright information (if any) and replace it with the PHP code provided.
  4. For example, if you are using the Twenty Seventeen theme, find the HTML code that displays the “Proudly powered by WordPress” notice in the footer and replace it with the new PHP code.
<?php create_copyright(); ?>
  1. Save changes

With the above steps followed, your dynamic copyright notice should appear similar to this:

Copyright © 2017 First Site Guide All rights reserved.

If you only wanted to change the copyright notice and have successfully done so, you can stop here. However, if you are interested in understanding the code provided, the next few lines will explain its functionality.

It creates dynamic copyright notice by using the current year obtained through the PHP function ‘date(‘Y’)’ and the website name obtained through the WordPress function ‘get_bloginfo(‘name’)’. And concatenates these values with the copyright symbol and a rights statement. The code ensures that the year in the notice is always up-to-date, eliminating the need to manually update it every year.

The code provided above creates a dynamic copyright notice by using the date of the first-ever published post in your WordPress directory. This is useful if you have only recently started your WordPress project, as it will display the year in which you first began publishing content, along with the current year. If your blog was started in the current year, it will only display the current year in the copyright notice. This eliminates the need to manually update the year in the copyright notice every year.

The code provided above creates a dynamic copyright notice by using the date of the first-ever published post in your WordPress directory. It then writes the word “Copyright” followed by the © symbol and your blog name, as set on your General Settings page. Finally, it adds an “All rights reserved” statement, which you can customize to your liking. This eliminates the need to manually update the year in the copyright notice every year.

Genesis framework users:

If your theme is built on the Genesis framework, you can use a built-in shortcode to automatically generate a dynamic copyright notice. The shortcode is as follows:

[footer_copyright before=”Copyright “]

This shortcode will automatically display the current year and add the text “Copyright” before it. You can also customize the text that appears before and after the year.

It will dynamically change the current year so you don’t have to update your footer every year just to change the label.

You can also use the shortcode [footer_copyright before=”Copyright ” after=” All rights reserved”] This shortcode will generate the following copyright notice “Copyright 2022 All rights reserved”

You can place this shortcode in the footer area of your website to automatically generate a dynamic copyright notice.

If you prefer not to edit code, there is a simple solution in the form of a free plugin that can handle creating a dynamic copyright notice for you. The plugin will not be able to fill in all the information, you will still need to enter some details, but it eliminates the need to work with code, which many users find cumbersome.

Footer Putter plugin

PRICE: Free

Footer Putter

Footer Putter is a free plugin that can help you create a dynamic copyright notice without the need for editing code. The plugin has a catchy name and it’s easy to use, all you have to do is set it up. Once you have set it up, you can forget about it as it will automatically handle updating your copyright notice without any further intervention from you.

  1. First, go to Plugins->Add New
  2. Search for “Footer Putter”
  3. Install and activate the plugin
  4. Navigate to Footer Putter in the WP menu and open Footer Credits

When using the Footer Putter plugin, you will need to fill out some details such as site owner information, organization address, geographical coordinates, contact, and legal details. These details are used for search engines and other purposes. After you have filled out the details, you can scroll down to see a preview of the newly created copyright notice.

  1. Save changes
  2. Open Appearance -> Widgets
  3. Find Footer Copyright Widget and drag it to a widget area where you want to display newly created information

If your theme doesn’t have a widget area in the footer, you will need to create one before you can use the Footer Putter plugin. Creating a widget area in the footer can be done by editing the theme’s code, typically in the footer.php file. You can add a widget area by using the appropriate WordPress function, such as dynamic_sidebar() or register_sidebar(). You should consult the theme documentation or contact the theme developer for instructions on how to add a widget area to your theme’s footer.

Add a copyright notice to the clipboard when someone copies a text

When you publish content on the internet, it becomes accessible to a wide audience, and it may be difficult to prevent others from copying it. This applies to any type of content, whether it’s text, images, videos, or anything else. Although there are methods to protect your content, such as copyright notices and digital rights management, it is not always possible to completely prevent others from copying it. This is something you should be aware of when publishing content online.

Even if you take extra precautionary measures, such as adding a copyright notice or using digital rights management, it is not possible to make your content completely copy-proof when publishing it on the internet. Despite the various methods available to protect your content, it can still be copied or shared by others. It is important to be aware of this limitation when publishing content online.

Add a copyright notice in WordPress

Even though it is not possible to make content completely copy-proof on the internet, there are still steps you can take to discourage unauthorized use and make it clear that the content is protected by copyright.

One common method is to include a copyright notice or warning on your website. Additionally, you can disable the ability to copy text or images directly from your website, or add a link that will be copied along with the content, such as “Read more at www.domain.com“. This feature is often used by popular websites and can be implemented using JavaScript or a plugin.

It is important to remember, however, that these methods may not completely prevent unauthorized use of your content, but they can make it clear that the content is protected by copyright and discourage others from using it without permission.

Instead of trying to completely block people from copying text from your website, which can be difficult to enforce and may not be effective, you can simply add the name of your website and a link to the original post when text is copied. This is a more subtle approach that can be achieved by using JavaScript or a plugin.

It is a way to ensure that your website’s name and link are associated with the copied text, making it clear that the content is from your website and encouraging people to visit your site for more information.

This method is less intrusive than completely blocking copy-and-paste functionality, and it makes it easy for people to find the original source of the content.

Add a link to any copied text from your site:

  1. Open footer.php
  2. Copy and paste the following code:
<script>
function addLink() {
//Get the selected text and append the extra info
var selection = window.getSelection(),
pagelink = '<br /><br /> Read more at: ' 
+ document.location.href,
copytext = selection + pagelink,
newdiv = document.createElement('div');
//hide the newly created container
newdiv.style.position = 'absolute';
newdiv.style.left = '-99999px';
//insert the container, fill it with the extended text, 
and define the new selection
document.body.appendChild(newdiv);
newdiv.innerHTML = copytext;
selection.selectAllChildren(newdiv);
window.setTimeout(function () {
document.body.removeChild(newdiv);
}, 100);
}
document.addEventListener('copy', addLink);
</script>
  1. Save changes

With the code implemented, every time someone tries to copy text from your website, an addendum with a link to the original post will be added after the original content that was copied. This addendum will include the name of your website and a link to the original post.

This allows people who copy the text to easily find the source and read more about the content they are interested in. It also helps to promote your website and increase traffic to your site.

While a person who has copied text from your website can still easily delete the added link and information, it serves as a reminder that the content is protected and that you are aware that it is being copied. Most people will delete the addition, but by adding it, you increase the chances that at least some people will leave a link to your site, intentionally or unintentionally, thereby giving credit to your work. Additionally, it helps promote your website and increase traffic to your site.

Wrapping up

While a simple copyright notice may not completely prevent others from copying your content, it is still important to have one. It serves as a reminder that the content is protected and that you are aware of any unauthorized use. WordPress makes it easy to add a copyright notice, whether you choose to do so manually by editing the code or by using a plugin to generate a notice automatically. It’s up to you to choose the method that suits you best. This way you can ensure that your rights are acknowledged and respected.

Alex
Alexhttps://enginewp.com
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