Hotlinking is an expression which represents the inclusion of images on a given website using direct links. In case you have site A, for example, and someone creates site B and wants to include a number of images from your website, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their site or they could simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Consequently, when a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, as the images shall load from your hosting account. This process is oftentimes used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
There is a method for preventing the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally give you a very intuitive tool that will allow you to activate the protection with several mouse clicks and without inputting any code. The tool could be accessed via the Hepsia CP, offered with all our Linux shared hosting service and the only 2 things that you will have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection has to be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else personally on your end. If you want to turn off the hotlink protection option at some point, you will just have to come back to exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to click on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
Our company offers a simple solution to protect your whole content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you'll be able to benefit from it with several clicks. The common way to enable server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a few directives in it. With the tool that you'll discover within the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply have to pick the site that you want to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all the necessary content inside it. You can even use this function for only one folder as opposed to the whole site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be switched on, you may disable it with a single mouse click via the very same section of your Control Panel.