Hotlinking is a term which represents the addition of images on a particular Internet site by using direct links. When you have site A, for example, and a person creates site B and wants to include a couple of images from your site, they're able to 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. Consequently, each time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, since the images will load directly from your website hosting account. This approach is typically used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting
It shall not require more than a number of clicks to enable the hotlink protection function we offer you even if this is the 1st web hosting account you use, due to the fact that all our Linux cloud web hosting service feature a very simple and user-friendly tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it provides the same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply need to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to secure from a drop-down list. If you want to switch on this function only for a certain Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection will appear in this section and you could disable the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that someone is linking to your files without your consent, you can easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security function that we offer you. While the conventional method of doing that is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which can easily perform this automatically and you shall only have to choose the site in question and to decide whether our system should set up the necessary file within the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom Hepsia CP and has the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without problems even in case you have never used any web hosting service before. You can switch off the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a mouse click from the exact same section.