Hotlinking is an expression that describes the inclusion of images on a given Internet site through direct links. If you have site A, for instance, and a person creates site B and wants to add a couple of images from your site, they can either save the images and then add them on their website or they can simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Consequently, when a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images will load from your website hosting account. This approach is oftentimes used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you create an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case that you do not have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all cloud web hosting package deals we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be enabled in two simple steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file within the primary folder or in a subfolder and you'll be ready. You don't require any programming skills or any experience with this sort of matters, because there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to turn off the protection eventually, you will be able to see all of the Internet sites which are protected inside the very same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that someone is linking to your files without your consent, you can easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection feature we offer. While the typical method of doing that is to create an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool that can easily execute this automatically and you shall only need to pick the site in question and to determine whether our system should create the necessary file inside the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is part of our customized Hepsia CP and has the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without problems even if you have never used any website hosting service before. You'll be able to deactivate the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click from the same section.