Hotlinking is a term which refers to the inclusion of images on a particular website via direct links. If you have site A, for instance, and a person creates website B and wishes to include a few images from your website, they're able to either save the images and then add them on their site or they could simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Thus, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, as the images will load directly from your hosting account. This method is typically used for documents and other sorts of files also. If you'd like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you could limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Hosting
It shall not require more than a couple of clicks to activate the hotlink protection feature we offer even if this is the 1st web hosting account you use, because all of our hosting include a very simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it features the exact same easy-to-use point & click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply have to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to switch on this function only for a particular website folder, you've got the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection will appear in this section and you can deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you discover that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the security tool we've developed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Whenever you activate this function, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party site instead of your actual images. You'll only have to check out the Hotlink Protection section within the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain that your Internet site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it is as elementary as that. When necessary, you'll also have the option to enable the function for a particular subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the feature is as easy - get back to the very same section, check the box alongside the given website and then click on the Delete button.