Hotlinking is a term which represents the inclusion of images on a given site by using direct links. If you have site A, for instance, and an individual creates website B and wants to add a number of images from your website, they are able to either save the images and then add them on their site or they may simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, when a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, since the images shall load from your hosting account. This approach is oftentimes used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you could limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
You can easily protect your content if you generate an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all cloud hosting packages that we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be enabled in 2 simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the main folder or within a subfolder and you shall be good to go. You don't need any programming skills or any experience with this sort of matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you'd like to disable the protection at some point, you could see all the sites that are protected in the very same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that someone is linking to your files without your approval, you can easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security feature we provide. While the standard technique of doing this is to set up an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool that can easily execute this automatically and you shall simply have to select the website in question and to decide whether our system should set up the required file inside the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is part of our customized Hepsia Control Panel and has exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no issues even if you have never used any hosting service before. You'll be able to switch off the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click through the same section.