Hotlinking is a term which represents the inclusion of images on a particular site through direct links. When you have site A, for example, and somebody 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 can simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Consequently, whenever a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, since the images shall load from your hosting account. This technique is oftentimes used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
It shall not require more than several mouse clicks to activate the hotlink protection function which we offer even if this is the 1st hosting account that you use, due to the fact that all of our shared web hosting include a rather simple and user-friendly tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it features the same intuitive point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to select the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you want to switch on this service only for a particular Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you can deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We provide you with an effective solution to shield your whole content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you'll be able to take full advantage of it with several mouse clicks. The standard way for you to enable server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives in it. With the tool that you'll discover in the Hepsia CP, supplied with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply have to select the site that you need to secure and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, adding all the necessary content within it. You can even use this function for just one folder rather than the entire site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be active, you'll be able to disable it with just one click via the same section of your Control Panel.