Hotlinking is a term that refers to the inclusion of images on a particular site through direct links. In case you have website A, for instance, and an individual creates site B and wishes to include a number of images from your Internet site, they're able to 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. Subsequently, whenever a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images will load directly from your web hosting account. This approach is oftentimes used for documents and other kinds of files as well. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Hosting
There's a way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally give you a very user-friendly tool that shall permit you to enable the protection with just a few mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool could be accessed through the Hepsia CP, included with all our Linux hosting and the only two things that you will need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection must be enabled for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you shall not need to do anything else personally on your end. If you want to deactivate the hotlink protection option at one point, you will only have to revisit the exact same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to click on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
We provide you with a simple solution to secure your entire content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you are able to take advantage of it with several clicks. The usual way for you to enable server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a few directives inside it. With the tool that you will find inside the Hepsia CP, which comes with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to choose the site that you need to secure and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all of the required content in it. You could also use this option for just one folder instead of the entire site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be enabled, you may disable it with one click from the exact same section of your Control Panel.