Hotlinking is an expression that describes the inclusion of images on a given Internet site through direct links. In case you have site A, for instance, and somebody creates site B and wants to add a couple of images from your site, they can either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they could simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Thus, each time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images will load directly from your web hosting account. This technique is sometimes used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you could limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
It shall not require more than a couple of mouse clicks to enable the hotlink security feature which we offer you even if this is the very first website hosting account you use, as all of our website hosting services feature a simple and user-friendly tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it has the very same easy-to-use point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply need to select the domain or subdomain you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you'd like to enable this function only for a particular site folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will appear in this section and you could disable the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
We provide you with an uncomplicated solution to protect your entire content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you'll be able to take full advantage of it with a couple of clicks. The common technique to activate server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives in it. With the tool that you'll find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply have to select the Internet site that you intend to protect and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the necessary content inside it. You can even use this option for only one folder instead of the entire Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be switched on, you could disable it with just one mouse click from the same exact section of your Control Panel.