Hotlinking is a term that represents the addition of images on a given site by using direct links. When you have site A, for example, and someone creates site B and wishes to add a few images from your website, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their website or they could simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Consequently, every time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images shall load from your hosting account. This approach is typically 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 could limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you set up an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but just in case you don't have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all shared website hosting plans that we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be turned on in 2 basic steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the main folder or within a subfolder and you shall be ready. You do not need any computer programming expertise or any experience with such matters, since there shall be nothing else to do. If you'd like to disable the protection eventually, you could see all of the websites which are protected inside the same exact section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you do not want other individuals to use your images on their Internet sites without your permission, you may easily activate the hotlink security feature, that is provided with all semi-dedicated server plans. As an alternative to generating an .htaccess file manually within the website folder and writing some code inside it, which is the conventional way to deny direct linking to files, you can use an exceptionally simple tool, that we've incorporated into the Hepsia Control Panel. Using it, you will only have to pick the Internet site that has to be secured and our system will do the rest. Additionally, you can determine whether the .htaccess file needs to be set up straight inside the root folder or in a subfolder, in case you would like to enable the hotlink protection function only for some content and not for the whole Internet site. Stopping it is just as effortless - you'll simply have to mark the checkbox next to the respective site and to click on the Delete button.