Hotlinking is a term which refers to the inclusion of images on a particular site via direct links. In case you have site A, for example, and a person creates site B and wants to add a number of images from your Internet site, they can either save the images and then add them on their site or they can simply put links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, whenever a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images shall load from your website hosting account. This method is typically used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
There's a way to avoid the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore offer a very easy-to-work-with tool that will allow you to activate the protection with several mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool can be accessed through the Hepsia CP, provided with all our Linux cloud hosting packages and the only two things which you will have to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection must be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else manually on your end. If you decide to disable the hotlink protection option at some point, you'll just need to return to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you do not want other people to use your images on their Internet sites without your permission, you could easily enable the hotlink protection feature, that's provided with all semi-dedicated server plans. Instead of generating an .htaccess file manually inside the website folder and writing some code inside it, which is the conventional method to deny direct linking to files, you may use an incredibly simple tool, which we've integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. With it, you'll only have to pick the site that has to be secured and our system will do the rest. Optionally, you can make a decision if the .htaccess file needs to be generated straight inside the root folder or in a subfolder, in case you want to enable the hotlink protection function only for some content and not for the whole website. Disabling it is just as fast - you will simply have to mark the checkbox beside the respective website and to click on the Delete button.