Hotlinking is an expression which identifies the inclusion of images on a particular website through direct links. When you have website A, for example, and an individual creates site 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 website or they may simply place links on their Internet site 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 from your website hosting account. This method is oftentimes used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you are able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
It shall not take more than several clicks to enable the hotlink protection feature that we offer even if this is the very first website hosting account that you use, since all our website hosting feature a very simple and user-friendly tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it offers the same exact intuitive point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this function only for a specific website folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear in this section and you can easily deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given website and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We provide you with a simple solution to protect your entire content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you'll be able to benefit from it with a few mouse clicks. The usual approach to enable 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 discover within the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to select the site that you need to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the essential content in it. You may also use this function for just one folder as opposed to the entire website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be enabled, you could deactivate it with just one click from the same exact section of your CP.