Hotlinking is a term that refers to the addition of images on a particular site through direct links. In case you have website A, for example, and somebody creates website B and wants to include a couple of images from your site, they can either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they can simply put links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, when a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images shall load directly from your website hosting account. This method is typically used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you wish to prevent third 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 Cloud Hosting
There's a simple way of preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we also give you a very helpful tool that will allow you to activate the protection with a few clicks and without typing any code. The tool can be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all our cloud hosting plans and the only two things which you will have to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection must be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you shall not need to do anything else manually on your end. If you choose to disable the hotlink protection option sometime, you will only have to come back to the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to press the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you discover that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the security tool we've developed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Once you activate this feature, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party site in place of your real images. You will only have to navigate to the Hotlink Protection section in the CP and select the domain or subdomain your site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it is as simple as that. When necessary, you will also have the option to enable the feature only for a particular subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the function is as effortless - go back to the very same section, check the box beside the specific Internet site and then click on the Delete button.