Hotlinking is an expression that refers to the addition of images on a particular Internet site through the use of direct links. When you have site A, for instance, and someone creates site B and wants to include a few images from your Internet site, they are able to either save the images and then add them on their site or they can simply put links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, when a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images will load directly from your hosting account. This method is typically used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting
There's a simple method for preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore offer a very intuitive tool that will allow you to enable the protection with a couple of mouse clicks and without inputting any code. The tool could be accessed from the Hepsia CP, which comes with all our cloud website hosting and the only 2 things that you will have to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection has to be enabled for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will 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 eventually, you will simply have to come back to the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to press the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you don't want other individuals to use your images on their Internet sites without your authorization, you may easily enable the hotlink protection feature, which is offered with all semi-dedicated server packages. As an alternative to creating an .htaccess file by hand in the website folder and writing some code within it, which is the traditional approach to deny direct linking to files, you can use a really simple tool, that we've incorporated into the Hepsia Control Panel. Using it, you will only need to choose the site which has to be secured and our system will do the rest. Furthermore, you can make a decision whether the .htaccess file should be generated straight in the root folder or within a subfolder, when you'd like to activate the hotlink security function just for some content and not for the entire site. Disabling it is just as fast - you'll only have to mark the checkbox beside the particular site and to click on the Delete button.