Hotlinking is an expression that identifies the addition of images on a particular site through direct links. If you have website A, for example, and someone creates website B and wants to include a few images from your site, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they can simply place links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images shall load straight from your website hosting account. This technique is usually used for documents and other kinds of files as well. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
As our Linux web hosting feature a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to defend your content from displaying on third-party websites with literally no more than two mouse clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this kind of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you'll just need to pick the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. In addition, you could also pick if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You shall not need to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the needed location and will add the needed code within it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed in the same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you discover that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the security tool which we have developed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. When you enable this feature, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party website instead of your real images. You will only have to navigate to the Hotlink Protection section inside the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain which your site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it is as simple as that. If required, you will also have the option to enable the feature for a specific subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the feature is just as easy - return to exactly the same section, check the box next to the given site and then click on the Delete button.