Hotlinking is a term which represents the inclusion of images on a given website by using direct links. In case you have website A, for example, 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 include them on their website or they can simply place links on their website to the images on yours. Subsequently, each time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, since the images will load straight from your hosting account. This approach is oftentimes used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
As our Linux shared hosting feature a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to protect your content from appearing on third-party websites with literally no more than a couple of mouse clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this kind of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you will just have to pick the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Furthermore, you could also pick if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and will include the needed code inside it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed within the exact same section, so you may disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you don't want other individuals to use your images on their websites without your permission, you can easily switch on the hotlink security function, which is supplied with all semi-dedicated server packages. Instead of creating an .htaccess file by hand in the website folder and writing some code inside it, which is the conventional way to deny direct linking to files, you may use a very simple tool, that we've included in the Hepsia CP. Using it, you'll only need to choose the website which should be secured and our system will do the rest. Optionally, you can choose whether the .htaccess file needs to be created straight within the root folder or inside a subfolder, when you would like to activate the hotlink security function only for some content and not for the entire Internet site. Deactivating it is just as simple - you will simply have to mark the checkbox beside the specific site and to click on the Delete button.