Hotlinking is a term which describes the inclusion of images on a given Internet site through direct links. When you have website A, for instance, and an individual creates website B and wants to add a few images from your Internet site, they can either save the images and then include them on their site or they can simply put links on their website 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 shall load straight from your hosting account. This process is usually used for documents and other types 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'll be able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
It will not take more than a number of mouse clicks to activate the hotlink protection feature we offer you even if this is the very first web hosting account that you use, due to the fact that all our Linux shared web hosting feature a very simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it provides the same easy-to-use point & click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply need to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to activate this function only for a specific website folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear within this section and you can easily deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given site and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that another person is linking to your files without your permission, you will be able to easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security function we offer. While the standard technique of doing that is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which is able to do this automatically and you shall only need to choose the site in question and to determine whether our system should create the required file within the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and provides the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no complications even if you have never used any web hosting service before. You are able to turn off the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a click through exactly the same section.