Hotlinking is a term which represents the addition of images on a particular website through the use of direct links. In case you have website A, for instance, and someone creates site B and wants to add a couple of images from your website, they could either save the images and then include them on their website or they may simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Thus, when a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, since the images shall load from your hosting account. This approach is usually used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you'd like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
It will not take more than several mouse clicks to enable the hotlink security function that we offer even if this is the 1st web hosting account which you use, because all our Linux cloud hosting come with a simple and easy to work with tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the same intuitive point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only need to select the domain or subdomain that you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you wish to enable this service only for a particular site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear within this section and you can turn off the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given website and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you do not want other individuals to use your images on their sites without your consent, you may easily enable the hotlink protection feature, that is supplied with all semi-dedicated server packages. Rather than setting up an .htaccess file by hand in the website folder and writing some code within it, which is the traditional approach to deny direct linking to files, you can use an exceedingly simple tool, which we've integrated into the Hepsia CP. By using it, you will only need to select the site that should be protected and our system shall do the rest. Optionally, you can decide if the .htaccess file should be generated straight in the root folder or within a subfolder, in case you'd like to enable the hotlink protection function just for some content and not for the whole website. Stopping it is just as effortless - you'll simply need to mark the checkbox alongside the specific Internet site and to click on the Delete button.