Hotlinking is an expression which refers to the inclusion of images on a given site using direct links. In case you have site A, for instance, and an individual creates website B and wishes to include a couple of images from your Internet site, they can either save the images and then add them on their site or they can 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, because the images will load straight from your web hosting account. This process is sometimes used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
Due to the fact that our website hosting plans provide a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to protect your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than a couple of mouse clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this kind of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you'll only have to select the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Additionally, you may also pick if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and will include the necessary code inside it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed in exactly the same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with just a mouse click.