Hotlinking is a term that refers to the inclusion of images on a given site through direct links. When you have website A, for example, and an individual creates site B and wishes to include a number of images from your Internet site, they can either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they could simply place links on their website to the images on yours. Consequently, when a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images will load directly from your web hosting account. This technique is sometimes used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting
You can easily shield 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 can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all cloud web hosting packages which we offer and could be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be turned on in two simple steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file within the primary folder or in a subfolder and you will be ready. You do not need any computer programming skills or any experience with this type of matters, because there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to remove the protection at some time, you could see all of the Internet sites which are protected in the same section of the Control Panel 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 somebody is linking to your files without your permission, you can easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security feature we offer you. While the typical method of doing this is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that can easily execute this automatically and you will only need to choose the website in question and to decide whether our system should set up the necessary file within the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom Hepsia CP and provides the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no problems even when you have never used any web hosting service before. You can disable the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click from the same section.