Hotlinking is an expression which refers to the inclusion of images on a particular website through the use of direct links. If you have site A, for example, and an individual creates site B and wishes to add a couple of images from your website, they could either save the images and then include them on their website or they could simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Thus, each time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images shall load straight from your hosting account. This technique is typically 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'll be able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
Due to the fact that our Linux shared hosting feature a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to secure your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than two clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you'll only have to pick the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Furthermore, you could also pick if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You shall not need to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the desired location and shall include the necessary code within it. All websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed in the exact same section, so you can easily disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that someone is linking to your files without your authorization, you can easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security function that we provide. While the regular method of doing that is to set up an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which is able to execute this automatically and you will only have to pick the website in question and to determine whether our system should generate the necessary file inside the main folder or in a subfolder. The tool is an element of our customized Hepsia Control Panel and features exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no issues even if you have never used any website hosting service before. You may deactivate the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a mouse click from the same section.