Hotlinking is a term which identifies the inclusion of images on a particular site via direct links. When you have website A, for instance, and somebody creates site B and wants to add a number of images from your website, they're able to either save the images and then add them on their website or they could simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Thus, whenever a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images shall load straight from your hosting account. This technique is typically used for documents and other types of files also. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Hosting
There's a way to avoid the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we also provide a very time and effort saving tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with just a few mouse clicks and without entering any code. The tool can be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all our hosting and the only two things which you will need to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection must be activated for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you shall not have to do anything else by hand on your end. If you choose to deactivate the hotlink protection option at some point, you will just have to return to exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to click on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that somebody is linking to your files without your approval, you can easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink protection feature that we provide. While the standard way to do this is to set up an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which can easily do this automatically and you will simply have to choose the website in question and to determine whether our system should set up the required file within the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is an element of our customized Hepsia Control Panel and features the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any problems even when you have never used any hosting service before. You could disable the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a mouse click through exactly the same section.