Hotlinking is an expression that refers to the inclusion of images on a particular website through direct links. In case you have site A, for example, and someone creates website B and wishes to add a few images from your site, they could either save the images and then add them on their Internet site 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, as the images shall load directly from your hosting account. This method is usually 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 sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
Since our Linux web hosting come with a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to secure your content from showing on third-party websites with literally no more than two mouse clicks, even if you don't have much experience with this kind of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and when you open it, you'll only need to choose the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Additionally, you can also choose if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, as our system will create an .htaccess file automatically in the preferred location and shall add the necessary code in it. All websites with active hotlink protection will be listed within the exact same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with just a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you don't want other people to use your images on their Internet sites without your authorization, you can easily switch on the hotlink security function, that is offered with all semi-dedicated server package deals. As opposed to creating an .htaccess file yourself inside the site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the traditional way to deny direct linking to files, you can use an exceedingly simple tool, which we have integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. Using it, you'll simply have to choose the Internet site that needs to be secured and our system shall do the rest. Furthermore, you can make a decision if the .htaccess file should be set up directly inside the root folder or in a subfolder, in case you want to switch on the hotlink security function only for some content and not for the whole site. Stopping it is just as fast - you will simply have to mark the checkbox beside the respective site and to click on the Delete button.