Hotlinking is a term that refers to the addition of images on a particular Internet site through the use of direct links. When you have website A, for instance, and an individual creates website B and wants 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 can simply put links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, when a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, as the images will load directly from your website hosting account. This method is typically used for documents and other types of files also. If you wish to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you create an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all cloud hosting packages that we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be turned on in 2 easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or in a subfolder and you will be good to go. You don't need any programming expertise or any experience with such matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to remove the protection eventually, you will be able to see all of the sites that are protected in the exact same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We offer an effective solution to protect your content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you'll be able to take advantage of it with a couple of clicks. The usual way for you to enable server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives in it. With the tool that you will find in the Hepsia CP, which comes with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply have to choose the website that you need to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all of the needed content within it. You could also use this function for only one folder instead of the entire website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be active, you can deactivate it with just one mouse click via the exact same section of your Control Panel.