Hotlinking is an expression that identifies the inclusion of images on a particular website using direct links. In case you have site A, for example, and an individual creates website B and wishes to include a couple of images from your Internet site, they could either save the images and then include them on their website or they may simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Subsequently, whenever a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images will load directly from your website hosting account. This technique is typically used for documents and other types of files too. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Hosting
It won't require more than a couple of mouse clicks to enable the hotlink security function that we provide even if this is the 1st website hosting account that you use, as all our hosting services feature a simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it features the same exact easy-to-use point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to select the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you would like to switch on this function only for a certain website folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you will be able to disable the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you do not want other individuals to use your images on their sites without your authorization, you can easily enable the hotlink protection feature, that is supplied with all semi-dedicated server plans. As opposed to creating an .htaccess file by hand within the website folder and writing some code within it, which is the common approach to deny direct linking to files, you may use an incredibly simple tool, which we have included in the Hepsia Control Panel. By using it, you'll simply have to choose the site which has to be secured and our system shall do the rest. Optionally, you can choose whether the .htaccess file should be generated straight inside the root folder or inside a subfolder, in case you would like to enable the hotlink protection feature only for some content and not for the entire website. Disabling it is just as simple - you will only have to mark the checkbox alongside the respective site and to click on the Delete button.