What's the purpose of hotlink protection? How does it work and when is it recommended to activate it?
Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you create a website, somebody else may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their Internet site, they may simply put links directly to your site. In this way, when a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues that can arise or that somebody can be trying to trick people into believing that they are in fact on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files can also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you may permit hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting
Because our cloud website hosting
provide a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you will be able to shield your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally just two clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with such matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you will just have to pick the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Optionally, you can also select if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You will not need to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and shall add the required code within it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed in the very same section, so you may disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We provide you with a simple solution to protect your content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you'll be able to benefit from it with just a few clicks. The usual approach to enable server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a few directives in it. With the tool which you'll find in the Hepsia CP, which comes with all of the semi-dedicated server
accounts, you will simply have to pick the site which you would like to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all the essential content within it. You could also use this function for only one folder instead of the entire Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be enabled, you can deactivate it with just one click via the same exact section of your Control Panel.