Hotlinking is a term that refers to the inclusion of images on a given website by using direct links. In case you have site A, for example, and a person creates website B and wishes to include a couple of images from your Internet site, they could either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they could simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. As a result, when a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, since the images shall load from your hosting account. This method is usually used for documents and other types of files too. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all website hosting package deals that we offer and can be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be turned on in 2 easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you'll be all set. You don't need any computer programming skills or any experience with such matters, due to the fact that there shall be nothing else to do. If you'd like to remove the protection eventually, you could see all of the websites which are protected inside the same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that someone is linking to your files without your authorization, you may easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security function that we provide. While the regular way to do that is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that can do this automatically and you shall simply have to pick the site in question and to determine whether our system should set up the needed file inside the main folder or in a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and provides the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any issues even if you have never used any hosting service before. You can switch off the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a mouse click through exactly the same section.