Hotlinking is a term which describes the inclusion of images on a particular Internet site through direct links. In case you have website A, for instance, and someone creates site B and wishes to include a couple of images from your site, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their website or they could simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, whenever a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images will load from your website hosting account. This approach 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 website hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you set up an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all cloud web hosting packages that we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be activated in two easy steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the primary folder or within a subfolder and you'll be all set. You don't require any computer programming skills or any experience with this kind of matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you'd like to turn off the protection at some time, you will be able to see all the Internet sites that are protected within the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that someone is linking to your files without your approval, you may easily cut them off by activating the hotlink protection function that we provide. While the regular technique of doing this is to generate an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which can easily execute this automatically and you will simply have to select the Internet site in question and to choose whether our system should generate the required file in the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is an element of our customized Hepsia CP and provides the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without complications even if you have never used any hosting service before. You could disable the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a mouse click from the exact same section.