Hotlinking is a term that describes the addition of images on a given Internet site through direct links. If you have site A, for instance, and an individual creates website B and wants to add a number of images from your Internet site, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they can simply put 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, since the images will load from your hosting account. This technique is oftentimes used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you wish to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you could limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
Since our Linux web hosting services come with a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to protect your content from showing on third-party sites with literally just two clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with this kind of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you'll just need to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Furthermore, you may also pick if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You shall not need to do anything else, due to the fact that our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the desired location and will include the necessary code in it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed in the very same section, so you can easily disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
We provide you with an effective solution to secure your content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you are able to benefit from it with several clicks. The common way for you to enable server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a few directives within it. With the tool that you will find within the Hepsia CP, offered with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply have to choose the Internet site that you would like to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the required content inside it. You can also use this function for just one folder rather than the whole Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be enabled, you may disable it with one click from the same exact section of your Control Panel.