Hotlinking is an expression which describes the inclusion of images on a given website through the use of direct links. If you have website A, for instance, and an individual creates site B and wishes to add a number of images from your website, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their site or they can simply put links on their site to the images on yours. Thus, whenever a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images shall load directly from your hosting account. This process is oftentimes used for documents and other sorts of files as well. 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 ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
As our cloud hosting plans provide a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to defend your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than two mouse clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with such matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you'll just have to choose the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Furthermore, you can also pick if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the desired location and will add the necessary code within it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed inside the same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with just a mouse click.
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 should use the security tool we have created and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. When you switch on this function, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party site instead of your real images. You will only need to visit the Hotlink Protection section in the Control Panel and pick the domain or subdomain your Internet site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it is as elementary as that. If needed, you will also have the option to switch on the feature for a particular subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the feature is just as simple - go back to exactly the same section, check the box next to the specific website and then click on the Delete button.