Hotlinking is an expression which identifies the addition of images on a particular Internet site through direct links. In case you have site A, for example, and someone creates website B and wishes to include a number of images from your Internet site, they could 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 website B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images will load straight from your website hosting account. This process is typically used for documents and other kinds of files as well. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
Due to the fact that our Linux shared hosting provide a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to protect your content from showing on third-party websites with literally only a couple of mouse clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with this kind of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you'll only have to select the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Optionally, you can also choose if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, due to the fact that our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the desired location and shall add the needed code within it. All sites with active hotlink protection will be listed in exactly the same section, so you can disable this service for any of them with just a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you find out that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the security tool that we have designed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Whenever you activate this feature, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party Internet site as a substitute for your actual images. You'll only need to navigate to the Hotlink Protection section inside the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain which your website uses from a handy drop-down menu - it is as elementary as that. If necessary, you'll also have the option to switch on the function just for a particular subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the feature is equally effortless - go back to exactly the same section, check the box beside the given site and then click on the Delete button.