What's the purpose of hotlink protection? How does it work and in which cases is it helpful to allow it?
Hotlinking is a term that represents the inclusion of images on a particular site through the use of direct links. When you have site A, for instance, and a person creates website B and wishes to add a few images from your website, they can either save the images and then include them on their site or they could simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. As a result, whenever a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images will load straight from your website hosting account. This method is sometimes used for documents and other kinds of files as well. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting
As our Linux cloud website hosting include a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to protect your content from showing on third-party sites with literally only 2 mouse clicks, even if you don't have much experience with this kind of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you will only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Additionally, you may also select if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You will not need to do anything else, because our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the preferred location and will add the needed code in it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed inside exactly the same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with a click.