Hotlinking is an expression that represents the inclusion of images on a given website through direct links. When you have site A, for instance, and someone creates site B and wishes to add a few images from your site, they are able to either save the images and then add them on their site or they may simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. As a result, each time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, since the images will load directly from your website hosting account. This method is typically used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you do not want other people to use your images on their websites without your permission, you could easily switch on the hotlink protection feature, that's available with all semi-dedicated server packages. As an alternative to creating an .htaccess file yourself in the site folder and writing some code in it, which is the common method to deny direct linking to files, you could use an exceedingly simple tool, that we've integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. Using it, you'll only have to choose the website which should be protected and our system will do the rest. Also, you can determine if the .htaccess file will be generated straight in the root folder or within a subfolder, when you would like to activate the hotlink security feature just for some content and not for the entire website. Disabling it is just as effortless - you will only need to mark the checkbox next to the specific website and to click on the Delete button.