Hotlinking is a term which represents the addition of images on a particular website through the use of direct links. In case you have site A, for example, and a person creates website B and wishes to include a couple of images from your website, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their website or they could 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 Internet site A, because the images shall load straight from your website hosting account. This technique is oftentimes used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you are able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Hosting
Due to the fact that our hosting plans feature a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you will be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party sites with literally only a couple of clicks, even if you don't have much experience with this kind of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you will just have to pick the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Optionally, you may also choose if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You will not need to do anything else, because our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and will include the required code inside it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection will be listed in exactly the same section, so you may disable this service for each of them with just a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you do not want others to use your images on their websites without your approval, you may easily enable the hotlink security feature, that is available with all semi-dedicated server plans. As an alternative to generating an .htaccess file by hand inside the website folder and writing some code inside it, which is the standard way to deny direct linking to files, you could use an incredibly simple tool, that we have incorporated into the Hepsia CP. With it, you'll only have to pick the Internet site that needs to be secured and our system shall do the rest. Moreover, you can choose whether the .htaccess file should be created directly inside the root folder or within a subfolder, if you'd like to enable the hotlink security function only for some content and not for the entire website. Disabling it is just as simple - you will simply need to mark the checkbox next to the respective Internet site and to click on the Delete button.