Hotlinking is an expression which refers to the addition of images on a given website using direct links. In case you have site A, for example, and an individual creates site B and wishes to include a couple of images from your Internet site, they could either save the images and then add them on their site or they may simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Subsequently, when a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images shall load directly from your website hosting account. This technique is usually used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you'd like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you are able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
Because our website hosting plans include a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you will be able to shield your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally only two mouse clicks, even if you don't have much experience with this kind of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you will only need to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. In addition, you could also choose if the hotlink protection shall be active 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 needed location and will add the necessary code inside it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed within the very same section, so you can disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We provide a simple solution to shield your entire content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you can benefit from it with a few mouse clicks. The conventional way to enable server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives inside it. With the tool which you'll find within the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only need to choose the Internet site which you want to protect and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all the necessary content within it. You may also use this function for only one folder rather than the entire site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be enabled, you'll be able to deactivate it with one mouse click via the very same section of your Control Panel.