• Hello,
    I am just curious about this and it is not a problem or issue. How does Photonic help protect the images? I know that it does not disable the right-click ability of website visitors. But from what I am seeing, it looks like when a person right-clicks an image that they receive a very small webp file that is of low quality. I am using Photonic to display SmugMug photos and that is what I saw.

    Can you confirm this is consist behavior? If there is a setting, can you point me to it.

    Thank you for your work on this plugin.

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  • Plugin Author Sayontan Sinha

    (@sayontan)

    How does Photonic help protect the images? I know that it does not disable the right-click ability of website visitors. But from what I am seeing, it looks like when a person right-clicks an image that they receive a very small webp file that is of low quality.

    Photonic doesn’t do any sort of protection, because any browser-based protection is merely a deterrent, not a true protection.

    What is happening in your case is that you have enabled JetPack’s CDN – that is a no-no when you are displaying photos from external sources. JetPack has no way of distinguishing between local images and images from sources such as SmugMug, so it ends up compressing images that it shouldn’t, and really hammers the image quality.

    You will need to disable JetPack’s CDN – that will get you back to the expected behaviour. You will also see that the quality of the images on your site will improve.

    Thread Starter Michelle Moore

    (@tmm63)

    Hello Sayontan,
    Thank you for your reply! I really do want it to not download or offer the low resolution image at the most. What should I do to either prevent the download or let it be the low resolution image?

    Thank you!

    Plugin Author Sayontan Sinha

    (@sayontan)

    Other than leaving it at status quo there is no real option.

    Note that there is no real way in which you can prevent a download from happening. The user is seeing the photo, which means that the full photo has already been downloaded by the user’s computer. At that point, it is simply a question of taking it from a location within the browser to a different location.

    Different plugins offer pseudo-protections like blocking right-clicks (if you switch to Fancybox3, that has an option for right-click protection), or preventing the Developer Tools from being opened. But these are minor irritants, which are ineffective against someone who wants to download.

    Thread Starter Michelle Moore

    (@tmm63)

    Thank you so much!

    Thread Starter Michelle Moore

    (@tmm63)

    Resolved.

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