Hotlinking is a term that identifies the addition of images on a given site through direct links. When you have website A, for instance, and someone creates website B and wishes to include a few images from your website, they can either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they could simply put links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images shall load directly from your website hosting account. This process is usually used for documents and other types of files too. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
You can easily protect your content if you generate an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all web hosting packages that we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be activated in 2 simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file within the main folder or in a subfolder and you shall be good to go. You don't require any computer programming capabilities or any experience with this kind of matters, as there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to turn off the protection eventually, you will be able to see all of the websites which are protected within the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button beside each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you notice that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the protection tool that we have created and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. When you enable this function, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party site instead of your actual images. You'll only have to visit the Hotlink Protection section in the Control Panel and pick the domain or subdomain your website uses from a handy drop-down menu - it's as simple as that. If necessary, you shall also have the option to activate the feature for a particular subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the function is just as effortless - get back to the exact same section, check the box alongside the particular website and then press the Delete button.