Hotlinking is a term which refers to the addition of images on a particular site by using direct links. In case you have website A, for example, and someone creates website B and wants to add a number of images from your website, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their website or they can simply place links on their website to the images on yours. Consequently, whenever a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, as the images shall load from your hosting account. This process is typically used for documents and other types of files also. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting
It won't require more than a number of clicks to enable the hotlink security feature which we provide even if this is the first website hosting account that you use, as all our Linux cloud web hosting include a very simple and user-friendly tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it features the same exact easy-to-use point & click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to choose the domain or subdomain you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you'd like to enable this function only for a particular site folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you can turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you don't want other people to use your images on their sites without your permission, you could easily activate the hotlink security function, that is available with all semi-dedicated server packages. As opposed to creating an .htaccess file manually within the website folder and writing some code inside it, which is the common approach to deny direct linking to files, you can use an exceedingly simple tool, that we've integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. By using it, you will only need to choose the website that should be secured and our system will do the rest. Optionally, you can decide if the .htaccess file should be created directly inside the root folder or in a subfolder, in case you'd like to enable the hotlink security function just for some content and not for the entire Internet site. Disabling it is just as fast - you'll only need to mark the checkbox beside the respective Internet site and to click on the Delete button.