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  • I am willing to create and host a WP site for my clients in exchange for active membership. If they kill their membership – their site goes away, easy enough. But, what I don’t want is for them to be able to simply make a copy of my hard work and then just move it to another server.

    What does this community recommend? Is there something I could write into the code to prohibit this? Offer only Author credentials to them?

    I am really lost on how to proceed here.

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  • Andrew Nevins


    WCLDN 2018 Contributor | Volunteer support

    You’re essentially asking a legal question here, as there isn’t a technical answer.

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 3 months ago by Andrew Nevins.

    If you limit your members to logins that hold Author capabilities, then their only means of walking away with the content they created in their member site is to copy/paste each page/posts.
    You could impose a license condition upon the members that grants you exclusive and perpetual web-wide use of their contributions. May not be enforcible, may be too expensive to enforce.

    Thread Starter Blitzburgh


    Can an author create pages – make changes to image galleries – delete menus etc.?

    I want to give them most of the functionality but cripple them from walking in 2 years.

    As far as legal goes – there is no legal issue. They understand when I do this site for them – it is MY site that I am allowing them to use for their purposes. If they no longer want the site, they can cancel their subscription – I turn off the site – everyone walks away for free.

    But if they simply copy the contents with something like Duplicator, I am left screwed over.

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