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I would like to put a sort of encyclopaedia online. 1. My main question is: How do I prevent others (completely or at least substantially) from quickly copying (by copy and paste) of everything that I write there. My idea (I am no computer expert): Would it be helpful to use a non-cypyable pdf-format or something similar? 2. My second question (not that important) is: What is the best place (hoster) to place such a website for free.

Hi Peter.

I'm afraid there is no good way to prevent website content copying - if it's viewable, it's "stealable".

A few things you might consider to lessen the impact:  

1. visit and sign up so you can post a banner on your website as a warning to would-be content thieves.
2. consider making your website a "membership" site - some content might be publicly available, but most would be members-only content.

I'd recommend against a free host unless you have no choice.  As I don't use free hosts, I would not be the best source of information on them.  You might try Godaddy or 1&1.

I hope this helps - good luck with your website!


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I've been developing websites for almost 20 years. If you have questions like these, I can help! Should I try this myself or hire a professional? What tools do I need? How do I sell products online? How do I make money with my website? Can I create a website without buying expensive software? How do I design a website FAST? How do I market my website? Is a BLOG a website? How do I put video on my website? What is website hosting? When will search engines find my website? OK, I've found a site I like - but now what? Can I make my website a subscription site?


I have over 20 years of practical experience with web-related issues, and some military computer training. I've worked for a computer manufacturer, and own a small technology company specializing in web-design, hosting, and internet media production. I am the webmaster of several sites, and e-newsletter editor for Rotary District 6760 which is comprised of 65 clubs throughout middle Tennessee.

I'd like to say a diploma from a revered educational facility hangs on my wall, and perhaps someday it will. In reality, everything I know has been self-taught, much of it done so in the hallowed halls of that venerable institution called "The School of Hard Knocks". (I have taken courses at a local community college, and received military computer programming training as well.)

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