Hotlinking is a term which refers to the addition of images on a particular website through the use of direct links. If you have site A, for example, and an individual creates website B and wishes to add a number of images from your site, they could either save the images and then include them on their website or they could simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Consequently, each time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images will load from your hosting account. This approach is oftentimes used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting
You can easily protect your content if you create an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but just in case you do not have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all cloud web hosting packages that we offer and could be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be enabled in 2 simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the main folder or within a subfolder and you shall be ready. You don't need any computer programming capabilities or any experience with this sort of matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to disable the protection at some point, you will be able to see all the websites that are protected within the same section of the CP with a Delete button beside each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We offer a simple solution to shield your whole content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you'll be able to benefit from it with just a few clicks. The common technique to turn on server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to add a few directives in it. With the tool that you will find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, supplied with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to pick the Internet site that you would like to secure and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the required content in it. You can even use this option for only one folder rather than the entire Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be enabled, you can deactivate it with just one click through the same exact section of your CP.