Hotlinking is an expression that refers to the addition of images on a particular site using direct links. When you have site A, for instance, and someone creates site B and wants to include a number of images from your website, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they can simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Thus, whenever a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images will load straight from your website hosting account. This process is usually used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you create an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but just in case you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all cloud hosting plans we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be enabled in 2 basic steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or within a subfolder and you'll be all set. You do not need any coding expertise or any experience with such matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to remove the protection eventually, you can see all of the Internet sites that are protected within the very same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that somebody is linking to your files without your consent, you could easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security feature we offer. While the conventional way to do that is to set up an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool that is able to perform this automatically and you shall only have to select the site in question and to decide whether our system should set up the necessary file within the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and offers the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no issues even when you have never used any website hosting service before. You could disable the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a click through the same section.