Hotlinking is an expression that identifies the addition of images on a particular website using direct links. If you have site A, for example, and somebody creates site B and wants to add a couple of images from your site, they can either save the images and then add them on their website or they could simply put links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, when a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images will load straight from your website hosting account. This approach is sometimes used for documents and other sorts of files also. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting
There's a simple way to avoid the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally give you a very helpful tool that will allow you to activate the protection with just a few clicks and without inputting any code. The tool may be accessed via the Hepsia CP, which comes with all our shared website hosting services and the only 2 things which you will have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection has to be activated for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else manually on your end. If you decide to turn off the hotlink protection option at one point, you'll only have to return to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to press the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you discover that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the protection tool we have developed and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. When you enable this feature, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party site rather than your actual images. You will only have to go to the Hotlink Protection section within the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain which your Internet site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it's as easy as that. If required, you will also have the option to enable the feature only for a particular subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the feature is as effortless - go back to the very same section, check the box next to the given site and then press the Delete button.