Hotlinking is an expression which identifies the inclusion of images on a particular site through the use of direct links. In case you have site A, for instance, and a person creates website B and wants to add a number of images from your Internet site, they could either save the images and then add them on their site or they can simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Subsequently, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, since the images shall load directly from your website hosting account. This technique is typically used for documents and other types of files too. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you are able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting
Because our cloud website hosting come with a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to defend your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than two clicks, even if you don't have much experience with this sort of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you'll just have to select the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. In addition, you may also pick if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, as our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and shall add the needed code in it. All sites with active hotlink protection shall be listed within the exact same section, so you can easily disable this service for any of them with just a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you notice that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the protection tool we've developed and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Whenever you activate this option, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site in place of your actual images. You'll only need to visit the Hotlink Protection section in the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain your website uses from a handy drop-down menu - it is as easy as that. If needed, you will also have the option to switch on the feature for a specific subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the feature is equally easy - return to exactly the same section, check the box alongside the particular site and then press the Delete button.