Hotlinking is a term which refers to the inclusion of images on a given site by using direct links. If you have website A, for instance, and an individual creates website B and wants to include a couple of images from your website, they're able to either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they can simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Consequently, when a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, since the images will load from your website hosting account. This approach is sometimes used for documents and other kinds of files as well. If you wish to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you can limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all cloud hosting packages which we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be turned on in 2 basic steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the main folder or within a subfolder and you shall be all set. You do not need any computer programming skills or any experience with this sort of matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to remove the protection at some point, you could see all of the Internet sites which are protected within the same exact section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

Our company offers an uncomplicated solution to shield your content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you can take full advantage of it with just a few mouse clicks. The conventional technique to enable server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a few directives inside it. With the tool that you'll find inside the Hepsia CP, which comes with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to choose the Internet site which you need to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the necessary content inside it. You can even use this option for just one folder as opposed to the entire site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be active, you may disable it with a single click from the same exact section of your Control Panel.