Hotlinking is an expression which refers to the inclusion of images on a given site using direct links. In case you have site A, for example, and somebody creates website B and wants to include a couple of images from your Internet site, they can either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they may simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Subsequently, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images shall load directly from your hosting account. This approach is sometimes used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you'd like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
As our cloud hosting provide a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to protect your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than two mouse clicks, even if you don't have much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you'll just need to pick the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Additionally, you could also select if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You will not need to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically in the needed location and will include the necessary code inside it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed within the very same section, so you can easily disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that someone is linking to your files without your permission, you will be able to easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security function that we provide. While the regular way to do that is to set up an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that can easily execute this automatically and you shall simply have to pick the site in question and to decide whether our system should create the needed file within the main folder or in a subfolder. The tool is an element of our customized Hepsia CP and provides the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no difficulties even if you have never used any web hosting service before. You'll be able to deactivate the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a click from the exact same section.