What's the goal of hotlink protection? How does it work and when is it recommended to enable it?
Hotlinking is a term which refers to the inclusion of images on a particular Internet site using direct links. When you have site A, for instance, and a person creates site B and wishes to include a number of images from your site, they could either save the images and then include them on their website or they may simply put links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images will load from your hosting account. This process is sometimes used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you could limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
As our shared hosting
feature a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally only a couple of mouse clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with this kind of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and when you open it, you will just have to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Furthermore, you can also choose if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, due to the fact that our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the preferred location and will add the necessary code within it. All sites with active hotlink protection will be listed inside the same section, so that you can disable this service for any of them with a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
Our company offers an effective solution to protect your whole content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you'll be able to benefit from it with a couple of clicks. The usual technique to enable server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives within it. With the tool that you'll find in the Hepsia CP, which comes with all of the semi-dedicated server
accounts, you'll only have to pick the site which you want to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the needed content within it. You may also use this feature for only one folder as opposed to the entire site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be active, you may deactivate it with one mouse click via the very same section of your CP.