Hotlinking is a term that identifies the inclusion of images on a given website by using direct links. When you have site A, for example, and an individual creates site B and wants to include a number of images from your Internet site, they're able to either save the images and then add them on their website or they could simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Thus, every time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images shall load from your hosting account. This approach is sometimes used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you can limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting
There is a way of preventing the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore provide a very easy-to-use tool that shall permit you to enable the protection with a couple of mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool could be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all our cloud web hosting service and the only 2 things which you'll have to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection must be activated for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you won't need to do anything else by hand on your end. If you decide to turn off the hotlink protection option at one point, you will simply have to revisit the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to click on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you don't want others to use your images on their Internet sites without your approval, you can easily activate the hotlink security function, that is available with all semi-dedicated server package deals. Rather than creating an .htaccess file by hand in the site folder and writing some code in it, which is the traditional way to deny direct linking to files, you could use a really simple tool, which we have included in the Hepsia Control Panel. From it, you'll only have to choose the website which should be protected and our system shall do the rest. Also, you can choose whether the .htaccess file should be generated straight within the root folder or within a subfolder, in case you want to enable the hotlink security function just for some content and not for the whole website. Deactivating it is just as fast - you will only have to mark the checkbox beside the specific website and to click on the Delete button.