Hotlinking is an expression which refers to the inclusion of images on a particular website by using direct links. When you have site A, for example, and an individual creates site B and wants to add a few images from your Internet site, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their website or they may simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, when a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images shall load straight from your website hosting account. This approach is oftentimes used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you can limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting
There is a way of preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we additionally give you a very easy-to-work-with tool that will permit you to activate the protection with several mouse clicks and without inputting any code. The tool can be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all our Linux cloud web hosting packages and the only 2 things that you will need to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection has to be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you won't have to do anything else manually on your end. If you choose to deactivate the hotlink protection option at some point, you will just need to come back to exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to click on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you discover that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the security tool that we have designed and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. When you activate this function, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site rather than your real images. You will only have to go to the Hotlink Protection section inside the CP and select the domain or subdomain your Internet site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it is as basic as that. When necessary, you will also have the option to switch on the function just for a particular subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the function is just as effortless - get back to the same section, check the box alongside the particular website and then press the Delete button.