Hotlinking is an expression which describes the inclusion of images on a given site via direct links. In case you have site A, for instance, and a person creates website B and wants to add a few images from your site, they can either save the images and then include them on their site or they may simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Consequently, when a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images will load from your website hosting account. This approach is oftentimes used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Hosting
As our hosting provide a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you will be able to defend your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally just a couple of mouse clicks, even if you don't have much experience with such matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you will only need to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. In addition, you may also pick if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically in the needed location and shall include the needed code in it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed in the same section, so you can easily disable this service for each of them with a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you don't want other people to use your images on their Internet sites without your consent, you may easily activate the hotlink protection feature, which is provided with all semi-dedicated server plans. Instead of setting up an .htaccess file yourself in the Internet site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the standard method to deny direct linking to files, you may use a really simple tool, that we've incorporated into the Hepsia CP. By using it, you'll simply need to choose the Internet site which should be protected and our system will do the rest. Optionally, you can determine if the .htaccess file needs to be created straight within the root folder or inside a subfolder, if you want to switch on the hotlink protection function only for some content and not for the whole Internet site. Deactivating it is just as simple - you'll simply have to mark the checkbox next to the particular website and to click on the Delete button.