Hotlinking is a term that refers to the addition of images on a given site through direct links. When you have site A, for instance, and somebody creates website B and wants to include a number of images from your site, they're 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 site A, as the images shall load directly from your hosting account. This technique is oftentimes used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you wish to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting
There's a way to avoid the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally give you a very time and effort saving tool that will allow you to enable the protection with just a few clicks and without writing any code. The tool may be accessed via the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all our Linux cloud web hosting and the only 2 things which you'll need to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection needs to be enabled for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't need to do anything else by hand on your end. If you want to disable the hotlink protection option at one point, you will just have to come back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
We provide you with a simple solution to secure your content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you are able to take advantage of it with just a few clicks. The conventional technique to enable server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives within it. With the tool which you'll discover in the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to choose the website which you need to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the required content in it. You could also use this feature for only one folder as opposed to the entire Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be enabled, you can deactivate it with one mouse click through the same section of your CP.