What exactly is hotlink protection and how does it work? When do you really need it?
Hotlinking is an expression which represents the addition of images on a given Internet site through direct links. If you have website A, for instance, and a person creates website B and wishes to include a couple 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 Internet site to the images on yours. Consequently, whenever a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, since the images shall load straight from your web hosting account. This process is sometimes used for documents and other types of files too. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
As our Linux web hosting packages
provide a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you will be able to defend your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally just two mouse clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this sort of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you will just have to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Additionally, you could also pick if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You will not need to do anything else, due to the fact that our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the needed location and will add the necessary code inside it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed inside the very same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you open a semi-dedicated server
account and you discover that another person is linking to your files without your approval, you may easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection feature we offer. While the typical technique of doing that is to set up an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can easily execute this automatically and you'll simply have to select the website in question and to determine whether our system should generate the required file inside the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and provides the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any difficulties even in case you have never used any web hosting service before. You are able to disable the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a click through the exact same section.