Hotlinking is an expression which describes the addition of images on a given site by using direct links. When you have site A, for instance, and someone creates site B and wishes to add a few images from your website, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their site or they may simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Consequently, each time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images shall load straight from your hosting account. This technique is typically used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you create an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all cloud hosting packages which we offer and can be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be enabled in two simple steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the main folder or inside a subfolder and you will be all set. You don't require any programming expertise or any experience with this sort of matters, because there will be nothing else to do. If you'd like to turn off the protection at some point, you could see all the websites which are protected in the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button beside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you find out that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the protection tool that we have developed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Whenever you enable this function, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party Internet site instead of your actual images. You will only have to go to the Hotlink Protection section within the CP and pick the domain or subdomain which your Internet site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it is as basic as that. If required, you will also have the option to switch on the function for a particular subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the protection is just as simple - return to exactly the same section, check the box beside the specific website and then click on the Delete button.