Hotlinking is a term which identifies the addition of images on a particular Internet site through direct links. If you have website A, for instance, and someone creates site B and wants to add a few images from your website, they can either save the images and then add them on their site or they could simply place links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, each time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, since the images shall load straight from your website hosting account. This technique is sometimes used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you could limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you set up an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case that you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all cloud hosting plans which we offer and could be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be turned on in two basic steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the main folder or within a subfolder and you will be ready. You do not need any computer programming expertise or any experience with this kind of matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to disable the protection at some point, you can see all of the Internet sites that are protected in the same exact section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide an uncomplicated solution to protect your content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you can take advantage of it with a few mouse clicks. The common way for you to enable server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a few directives in it. With the tool that you'll find within the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only need to choose the Internet site which you intend to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all of the essential content within it. You may also use this option for just one folder instead of the whole site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be switched on, you may disable it with a single click through the same section of your Control Panel.