Hotlinking is a term that represents the inclusion of images on a given website by using direct links. In case you have site A, for instance, and a person creates website B and wants to include a few images from your website, they are able to either save the images and then add them on their website or they can simply put links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, whenever a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images will load straight from your website hosting account. This approach is typically 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 website hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting
There's a way to avoid the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we additionally provide a very intuitive tool that will allow you to activate the protection with just a few mouse clicks and without entering any code. The tool may be accessed through the Hepsia CP, offered with all our shared website hosting services and the only 2 things which you'll need to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection should be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you won't need to do anything else manually on your end. If you decide to deactivate the hotlink protection option eventually, you will only have to return to the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to click on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that somebody is linking to your files without your authorization, you can easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security function we offer you. While the common technique of doing this is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which can do this automatically and you'll only have to choose the Internet site in question and to determine whether our system should set up the necessary file in the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is a component of our customized Hepsia CP and offers the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any issues even when you have never used any web hosting service before. You may switch off the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click through the exact same section.