Hotlinking is a term that identifies the inclusion of images on a given Internet site through direct links. In case you have website A, for instance, and a person creates website B and wants to include a few images from your Internet site, they could either save the images and then add them on their site or they could simply place links on their website to the images on yours. Consequently, every time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images will load directly from your hosting account. This approach is sometimes used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all cloud hosting package deals we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be enabled in two easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or in a subfolder and you shall be ready. You don't require any programming skills or any experience with this sort of matters, because there will be nothing else to do. If you want to disable the protection at some point, you could see all the websites that are protected in the exact same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Our company offers a simple solution to shield your whole content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you'll be able to benefit from it with a few clicks. The usual way for you to enable server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to add a few directives inside it. With the tool that you'll find in the Hepsia CP, provided with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to choose the site which you want to protect and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all the necessary content within it. You may also use this option for just one folder as opposed to the entire Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be active, you could deactivate it with just one click from the very same section of your Control Panel.