What's the aim of hotlink protection? How does it work and when is it recommended to allow it?
Hotlinking is a term that represents the addition of images on a particular Internet site through direct links. When you have website A, for example, and somebody creates website B and wishes to add a number of images from your site, they could either save the images and then add them on their site or they may simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. As a result, when a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images shall load from your web hosting account. This process is typically used for documents and other sorts of files also. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting
Since our cloud website hosting plans
include a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to shield your content from displaying on third-party websites with literally no more than a couple of mouse clicks, even if you don't have much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and when you open it, you'll only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. In addition, you could also choose if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, because our system will create an .htaccess file automatically in the desired location and shall include the required code inside it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed within the very same section, so that you can disable this service for any of them with a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We provide you with an uncomplicated solution to secure your content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you can take full advantage of it with a few clicks. The conventional approach to turn on server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives in it. With the tool which you'll find inside the Hepsia CP, supplied with all semi-dedicated server
accounts, you will only need to pick the Internet site which you want to secure and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the needed content in it. You can even use this feature for only one folder as opposed to the entire site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be enabled, you may deactivate it with one click via the same exact section of your CP.