Hotlinking is a term that describes the inclusion of images on a given site via direct links. When you have website A, for instance, and someone creates website B and wants to add a few images from your site, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their website or they could simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Consequently, when a visitor opens 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 types of files too. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Hosting
Since our hosting services include a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you will be able to protect your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally only 2 clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with such matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you will only have to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Additionally, you could also select if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You'll not have to do anything else, due to the fact that our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the desired location and shall add the needed code inside it. All sites with active hotlink protection will be listed within exactly the same section, so you may disable this service for any of them with just a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that someone is linking to your files without your permission, you will be able to easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink protection function which we offer. While the regular way to do this is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which can perform this automatically and you shall only need to choose the website in question and to decide whether our system should generate the needed file in the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom Hepsia CP and has the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without complications even when you have never used any website hosting service before. You are able to disable the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click from the exact same section.