Hotlinking is an expression which identifies the inclusion of images on a given website using direct links. When you have site A, for example, and someone creates site B and wishes to include a few images from your site, they can either save the images and then add them on their site or they could simply place links on their website to the images on yours. Subsequently, each time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, since the images shall load from your hosting account. This method is usually used for documents and other types of files too. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you can limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
Because our website hosting provide a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to defend your content from displaying on third-party websites with literally just a couple of mouse clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you will just need to pick the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Optionally, you could also pick if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, due to the fact that our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and shall add the required code within it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed in the very same section, so you can disable this service for each of them with just a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We provide an uncomplicated solution to protect your entire content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you are able to take advantage of it with several clicks. The usual approach to activate server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives in it. With the tool which you will find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to pick the Internet site which you need to secure and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all the essential content in it. You could also use this function for only one folder as opposed to the whole site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be enabled, you could deactivate it with just one mouse click via the same exact section of your CP.