Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you develop an Internet site, another person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they may simply put links straight to your site. This way, each time a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues that can present themselves or that someone can be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're in fact on your Internet site. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files could also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
It won't require more than a few clicks to activate the hotlink security feature which we offer even if this is the 1st hosting account which you use, due to the fact that all our Linux shared web hosting feature a simple and easy to work with tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it offers the same exact intuitive point-and-click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only need to choose the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to enable this function only for a specific Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will appear within this section and you can deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given site and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you find out that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the protection tool we've developed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. As soon as you enable this option, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party website in place of your actual images. You will only need to go to the Hotlink Protection section within the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain which your Internet site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it's as basic as that. If necessary, you shall also have the option to switch on the function just for a particular subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the function is just as effortless - return to the same section, check the box next to the particular Internet site and then press the Delete button.