Hotlinking is a term that describes the addition of images on a given site via direct links. In case you have site A, for instance, and someone creates website B and wishes to add a couple of images from your site, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they could simply place links on their website to the images on yours. Consequently, when a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, since the images will load directly from your hosting account. This method is usually used for documents and other kinds of files as well. If you'd like to prevent third 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 websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
It shall not take more than several clicks to switch on the hotlink security feature which we offer you even if this is the first website hosting account that you use, because all our web hosting service include a simple and easy-to-use tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it provides the exact same intuitive point-and-click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to select the domain or subdomain that you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you want to enable this service only for a specific site folder, you've got the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you could turn off the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given website and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We offer a simple solution to shield your whole content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you can benefit from it with a couple of clicks. The common technique to turn on server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a few directives within it. With the tool that you'll find within the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to select the website which you need to secure and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, including all of the essential content inside it. You could also use this function for only one folder rather than the entire site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be active, you could deactivate it with one click through the same section of your CP.