Hotlinking is a term which describes the inclusion of images on a given site through the use of direct links. When you have site A, for example, and someone creates site B and wishes to add a few images from your website, they could either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they could simply place links on their website to the images on yours. Subsequently, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images shall load from your website hosting account. This approach is usually used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Hosting
It shall not require more than a number of mouse clicks to activate the hotlink security feature that we provide even if this is the first website hosting account you use, due to the fact that all our hosting plans feature a simple and easy to work with tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it has the very same intuitive point & click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this service only for a particular Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you can turn off the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given site and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you don't want other individuals to use your images on their sites without your permission, you could easily activate the hotlink protection function, which is supplied with all semi-dedicated server packages. Rather than setting up an .htaccess file manually in the Internet site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the standard method to deny direct linking to files, you can use a very simple tool, which we've integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. Using it, you'll only have to pick the website that should be protected and our system will do the rest. Additionally, you can determine whether the .htaccess file should be created straight within the root folder or within a subfolder, when you'd like to activate the hotlink protection function just for some content and not for the entire website. Deactivating it is just as effortless - you'll simply need to mark the checkbox beside the particular website and to click on the Delete button.