Hotlinking is a term that identifies the inclusion of images on a given website using direct links. In case you have website A, for instance, and someone creates website B and wants to include a few images from your website, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their website or they can simply place links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, every time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images will load straight from your hosting account. This process is oftentimes used for documents and other types of files as well. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you can limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
As our Linux web hosting come with a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally only a couple of mouse clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with such matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you'll just have to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Additionally, you can also select if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You won't have to do anything else, because our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the preferred location and will add the necessary code within it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection will be listed inside the same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with just a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you discover that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the protection tool we've created and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Whenever you activate this feature, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party Internet site instead of your real images. You'll only have to check out the Hotlink Protection section within the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain which your Internet site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it is as basic as that. If required, you shall also have the option to switch on the function only for a particular subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the protection is equally effortless - go back to the very same section, check the box next to the given Internet site and then click on the Delete button.