Hotlinking is an expression that identifies the addition of images on a given Internet site through direct links. When you have website A, for instance, and a person creates site B and wishes to add a couple of images from your Internet site, they can either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they can simply place links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images shall load directly from your web hosting account. This method is usually used for documents and other kinds of files as well. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you could limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting
It won't require more than a number of clicks to switch on the hotlink security function that we provide even if this is the very first website hosting account which you use, due to the fact that all our Linux shared website hosting feature a quite simple and easy to work with tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it provides the same exact easy-to-use point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to activate this function only for a certain website folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you will be able to turn off the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Our company offers an uncomplicated solution to protect your entire content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you are able to benefit from it with several mouse clicks. The usual way for you to enable server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives within it. With the tool that you'll find within the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to choose the website that you would like to secure and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the required content inside it. You could also use this option for only one folder rather than the entire website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be active, you'll be able to disable it with one mouse click through the very same section of your CP.