Hotlinking is an expression which refers to the inclusion of images on a particular site via direct links. In case you have website A, for instance, and somebody creates website B and wishes to include a few images from your site, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their website or they could simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Consequently, each time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images shall load directly from your web hosting account. This technique is typically used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you set up an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case that you don't have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all cloud hosting plans we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be enabled in two simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file in the primary folder or within a subfolder and you will be good to go. You don't require any coding expertise or any experience with this sort of matters, due to the fact that there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to disable the protection eventually, you could see all of the sites that are protected within the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that somebody is linking to your files without your approval, you can easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection function that we offer. While the typical way to do that is to generate an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that can execute this automatically and you'll only need to select the website in question and to choose whether our system should create the required file within the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is an element of our customized Hepsia CP and offers the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without difficulties even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You'll be able to deactivate the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a click through the same section.