Hotlinking is an expression that identifies the inclusion of images on a particular site through the use of direct links. When you have website A, for instance, and someone creates website B and wishes to include a couple of images from your website, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their website or they could simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Consequently, when a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images shall load directly from your hosting account. This approach is sometimes used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you could limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you create an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case that you do not have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all website hosting packages which we offer and could be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be turned on in two basic steps - select the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file in the main folder or within a subfolder and you will be all set. You don't require any programming expertise or any experience with this kind of matters, because there shall be nothing else to do. If you'd like to remove the protection at some point, you will be able to see all of the Internet sites which are protected inside the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button beside each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you find out that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the security tool we have created and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Whenever you activate this option, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party Internet site as a substitute for your actual images. You'll only have to visit the Hotlink Protection section in the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain which your site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it's as basic as that. When necessary, you will also have the option to activate the feature for a specific subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the protection is equally easy - go back to the very same section, check the box next to the particular site and then click on the Delete button.