Hotlinking is a term which refers to the addition of images on a particular website through direct links. If you have website A, for instance, and somebody creates website B and wants to include a number of images from your Internet site, they could either save the images and then include them on their website or they can simply put links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, every time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images shall load directly from your website hosting account. This approach is oftentimes used for documents and other types of files as well. If you wish to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
It won't take more than a couple of clicks to activate the hotlink protection function that we offer you even if this is the first website hosting account that you use, due to the fact that all our Linux web hosting service include a simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it features the same easy-to-use point & click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply have to select the domain or subdomain you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this feature only for a specific website folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will appear in this section and you will be able to disable the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given site and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
Our company offers an uncomplicated solution to secure your entire content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you can benefit from it with a few mouse clicks. The standard way for you to activate server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to include a few directives within it. With the tool which you will find in the Hepsia CP, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to choose the Internet site which you need to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the necessary content within it. You may also use this option for just one folder instead of the entire site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be active, you can deactivate it with one click through the same exact section of your CP.