Hotlinking is a term which identifies the inclusion of images on a particular website through the use of direct links. When you have site A, for example, and an individual creates website B and wants to include a few images from your Internet site, they could either save the images and then include them on their website or they can simply place links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, when a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images will load directly from your hosting account. This process is oftentimes used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
Because our Linux website hosting include a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to defend your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than 2 clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with this sort of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you will just need to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. In addition, you could also select if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You'll not have to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the preferred location and will add the required code in it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed inside exactly the same section, so you can easily disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you don't want other people to use your images on their sites without your permission, you may easily switch on the hotlink protection feature, that is available with all semi-dedicated server package deals. As opposed to creating an .htaccess file by hand within the website folder and writing some code inside it, which is the traditional way to deny direct linking to files, you can use a really simple tool, which we've included in the Hepsia Control Panel. With it, you'll only have to choose the website which should be protected and our system shall do the rest. Additionally, you can decide whether the .htaccess file needs to be generated straight inside the root folder or within a subfolder, in case you would like to switch on the hotlink security function only for some content and not for the whole Internet site. Deactivating it is just as easy - you'll only need to mark the checkbox next to the specific website and to click on the Delete button.