Hotlinking is a term that represents the inclusion of images on a particular website through direct links. In case you have site A, for example, and somebody creates site B and wishes to include a couple of images from your site, they can either save the images and then include them on their website or they may simply place links on their website to the images on yours. Consequently, every time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images will load directly from your hosting account. This technique is typically used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you wish to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own 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 Shared Website Hosting
It will not take more than a couple of clicks to activate the hotlink security function which we provide even if this is the first website hosting account which you use, since all our shared website hosting packages feature a very simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the same exact easy-to-use point-and-click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you would like to activate this feature only for a particular website folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you can easily deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Our company offers an uncomplicated solution to protect your entire content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you can take advantage of it with a few mouse clicks. The usual technique to turn on server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a few directives in it. With the tool that you will find inside the Hepsia CP, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only need to pick the Internet site that you want to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, including all of the needed content inside it. You may also use this function for just one folder as opposed to the whole website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be enabled, you can deactivate it with just one mouse click via the exact same section of your CP.