Hotlinking is an expression which identifies the addition of images on a given website via direct links. When you have site A, for example, and a person creates site B and wishes to add a number of images from your Internet site, they're able to either save the images and then add them on their website or they could simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, whenever a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images shall load directly from your web hosting account. This approach is sometimes used for documents and other sorts of files also. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web 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 shield your content if you create an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all cloud hosting package deals which we offer and can be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be activated in two easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the main folder or inside a subfolder and you shall be ready. You do not need any programming capabilities or any experience with this kind of matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to disable the protection at some point, you could see all of the sites that are protected in the very same section of the CP with a Delete button beside each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that someone is linking to your files without your permission, you can easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink protection function that we offer. While the conventional way to do that is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which can easily do this automatically and you will simply have to choose the site in question and to decide whether our system should create the required file in the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is an element of our customized Hepsia CP and features the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no problems even in case you have never used any hosting service before. You'll be able to deactivate the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a mouse click from the same section.