Hotlinking is a term which represents the addition of images on a given Internet site through the use of direct links. When you have site A, for example, and an individual 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 website or they can simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, whenever a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images will load straight from your hosting account. This process is typically used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you set up an .htaccess file inside 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 shared hosting package deals which we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be enabled in two simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the main folder or within a subfolder and you will be good to go. You do not need any computer programming capabilities or any experience with such matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to turn off the protection at some point, you can see all of the Internet sites that are protected inside the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button beside each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you find out that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the security tool we've created and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. As soon as you enable this option, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site instead of your real images. You'll only need to go to the Hotlink Protection section inside the CP and select the domain or subdomain that your site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it is as simple as that. If required, you'll also have the option to activate the feature only for a particular subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the protection is just as simple - go back to exactly the same section, check the box alongside the specific website and then press the Delete button.