Hotlinking is an expression which represents the inclusion of images on a particular website through direct links. In case you have site A, for instance, and someone creates website B and wants to add a number of images from your site, they're able to either save the images and then add them on their website or they may simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Consequently, whenever a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images shall load from your hosting account. This method is usually used for documents and other kinds of files as well. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you set up an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all cloud website hosting packages that we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be activated in two basic steps - select the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or in a subfolder and you'll be ready. You don't require any coding expertise or any experience with this sort of matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you want to disable the protection at some time, you can see all of the Internet sites which are protected in the very same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that somebody is linking to your files without your permission, you may easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security function which we offer you. While the regular method of doing that is to generate an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which is able to do this automatically and you shall simply have to pick the website in question and to decide whether our system should create the required file within the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom made Hepsia CP and has the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without problems even when you have never used any web hosting service before. You may disable the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click through exactly the same section.