Hotlinking is an expression that identifies the inclusion of images on a given site through the use of direct links. When you have website A, for instance, and someone creates site B and wants to add a couple of images from your Internet site, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they can simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, each time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, since the images will load straight from your hosting account. This technique is typically used for documents and other kinds of files as well. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you set up an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all cloud hosting plans which we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be enabled in 2 simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the primary folder or within a subfolder and you'll be all set. You don't need any computer programming expertise or any experience with this type of matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to turn off the protection at some time, you will be able to see all of the Internet sites that are protected inside the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button beside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide you with an uncomplicated solution to protect your content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you can take advantage of it with a couple of clicks. The usual technique to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives inside it. With the tool that you'll discover in the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to pick the website that you intend to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, including all the needed content inside it. You can also use this option for only one folder instead of the whole site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be active, you'll be able to disable it with just one mouse click from the same exact section of your Control Panel.