Hotlinking is an expression which describes the addition of images on a given website using direct links. If you have website A, for example, and somebody creates site B and wants to include a few images from your Internet site, they could either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they could simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Subsequently, every time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, as the images shall load straight from your web hosting account. This technique is sometimes used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you can limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
There's a way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we also provide a very user-friendly tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with several clicks and without writing any code. The tool may be accessed via the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all our Linux website hosting packages and the only 2 things which you will need to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection needs to be enabled for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't have to do anything else manually on your end. If you choose to disable the hotlink protection option sometime, you will simply have to return to the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to click on the Delete button.