Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you build a website, some other person may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they can simply put links directly to your Internet site. This way, each time a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems which may develop or that somebody can be trying to trick people into believing that they are actually on your Internet site. In rare instances, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
As our Linux website hosting provide a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to shield your content from showing on third-party sites with literally no more than 2 clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with this type of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you'll just have to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. Additionally, you may also choose if the hotlink protection shall be enabled 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 will create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and will include the necessary code in it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection will be listed inside the exact same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with just a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you notice that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the protection tool which we have developed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Whenever you enable this option, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party site rather than your real images. You will only need to check out the Hotlink Protection section in the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain that your site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it's as simple as that. If needed, you'll also have the option to switch on the feature just for a specific subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the protection is equally effortless - return to the exact same section, check the box alongside the particular website and then press the Delete button.