Hotlinking is a term which describes the inclusion of images on a given website via direct links. In case you have site A, for example, and an individual 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 could simply put links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, whenever a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images will load from your website hosting account. This approach is sometimes used for documents and other types of files also. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared 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 aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally offer a very intuitive tool that will permit you to enable the protection with a few mouse clicks and without entering any code. The tool could be accessed via the Hepsia CP, offered with all our shared hosting and the only 2 things which you will have to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection has to be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else manually on your end. If you wish to turn off the hotlink protection option at one point, you will only have to return to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to click on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you notice that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the security tool that we have created and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Once you activate this function, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party site instead of your real images. You will only need to visit the Hotlink Protection section within the CP and choose the domain or subdomain your site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it is as basic as that. If required, you will also have the option to enable the function for a specific subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the feature is equally easy - get back to the exact same section, check the box next to the given Internet site and then click on the Delete button.