What precisely is hotlink protection and exactly how does it function? When do you need it?
Hotlinking is an expression that represents the addition of images on a particular website through direct links. In case you have site A, for example, and an individual creates site B and wants to add 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 put links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, when a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images will load from your website hosting account. This process is typically used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
Since our Linux cloud hosting
feature a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to shield your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally just two mouse clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you will just have to select the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Additionally, you could also choose if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and will add the needed code in it. All sites with active hotlink protection will be listed within the very same section, so you can 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 may use the security tool we have created and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. When you activate this feature, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party Internet site rather than your actual images. You'll only need to check out the Hotlink Protection section inside the Control Panel and pick the domain or subdomain which your Internet site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it's as basic as that. If required, you will also have the option to activate the feature only for a specific subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the function is as effortless - go back to exactly the same section, check the box alongside the given website and then click on the Delete button.