Hotlinking is an expression which describes the inclusion of images on a particular Internet site using direct links. If you have website A, for instance, and someone creates website B and wishes to add a number of images from your website, they're able to either save the images and then add them on their website or they may simply place links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, each time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images will load from your website hosting account. This method is usually used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you'd like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you could limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you generate an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all cloud hosting packages which we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be enabled in 2 easy steps - pick 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 in a subfolder and you'll be ready. You don't need any computer programming skills or any experience with this sort of matters, because there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to disable the protection at some point, you can see all the sites which are protected in the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that somebody is linking to your files without your authorization, you could easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security feature which we provide. While the regular technique of doing that is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that can execute this automatically and you shall only need to select the website in question and to choose whether our system should create the necessary file inside the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom made Hepsia CP and features exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no difficulties even when you have never used any hosting service before. You'll be able to disable the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a mouse click from the exact same section.