Hotlinking is an expression that represents the addition of images on a particular Internet site using direct links. In case you have site A, for instance, and somebody creates site B and wishes to add a number of images from your website, they are able to either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they could simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, when a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images will load from your website hosting account. This process is sometimes used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all shared web hosting packages that we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be enabled in two simple steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the main folder or in a subfolder and you shall be all set. You don't require any coding skills or any experience with this kind of matters, since there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to remove the protection at some time, you can see all of the websites that are protected in the very same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you don't want other people to use your images on their Internet sites without your approval, you could easily switch on the hotlink protection function, which is provided with all semi-dedicated server plans. Instead of creating an .htaccess file yourself within the website folder and writing some code inside it, which is the traditional approach to deny direct linking to files, you can use an exceptionally simple tool, that we've included in the Hepsia Control Panel. Using it, you will simply need to select the Internet site that should be secured and our system shall do the rest. Furthermore, you can determine whether the .htaccess file needs to be generated straight within the root folder or in a subfolder, when you'd like to switch on the hotlink security feature only for some content and not for the whole site. Stopping it is just as fast - you'll only have to mark the checkbox beside the specific Internet site and to click on the Delete button.