Hotlinking is a term which describes the addition of images on a particular website via direct links. When you have site A, for example, and an individual creates website B and wants to include a couple 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 website to the images on yours. As a result, when a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images shall load from your hosting account. This approach is oftentimes used for documents and other sorts of files also. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

There is a method for preventing the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore offer a very easy-to-use tool that will permit you to enable the protection with several clicks and without inputting any code. The tool may be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all our cloud hosting and the only 2 things that you'll have to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection should be activated for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't have to do anything else manually on your end. If you wish to deactivate the hotlink protection option sometime, you will just have to revisit the exact same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide you with an effective solution to secure your content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you are able to take advantage of it with several clicks. The standard way for you to activate server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to include a few directives inside it. With the tool that you'll discover inside the Hepsia Control Panel, supplied with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to select the Internet site that you would like to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the essential content in it. You can even use this feature for only one folder instead of the entire site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be enabled, you could deactivate it with just one click through the same exact section of your CP.