Hotlinking is an expression that represents the addition of images on a given website via direct links. If you have site A, for example, and an individual creates site B and wants to add a number of images from your Internet site, they could either save the images and then include them on their website or they could simply place links on their website to the images on yours. Subsequently, each time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images shall load straight from your web hosting account. This technique is typically used for documents and other types of files also. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you are able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you create an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but just in case you don't have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all cloud hosting plans we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be activated in 2 basic steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the primary folder or in a subfolder and you will be ready. You don't need any programming expertise or any experience with this type of matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you want to remove the protection eventually, you will be able to see all of the sites which are protected within the same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We offer an uncomplicated solution to secure your whole content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you'll be able to take full advantage of it with several mouse clicks. The usual way for you to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives inside it. With the tool which you will find inside the Hepsia CP, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to select the site that you intend to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the needed content in it. You can even use this feature for only one folder instead of the entire website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be enabled, you could disable it with one mouse click through the very same section of your CP.