Hotlinking is a term that refers to the addition of images on a particular Internet site through direct links. In case you have website A, for example, and someone creates website B and wishes to add a few images from your Internet site, they could either save the images and then add them on their site or they could simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. As a result, each time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images shall load directly from your web hosting account. This technique is typically used for documents and other types of files as well. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

There's a simple 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 additionally offer a very easy-to-work-with tool that will permit you to activate the protection with a few clicks and without inputting any code. The tool can be accessed via the Hepsia CP, which comes with all our cloud web hosting services and the only 2 things that you'll have to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection has to be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you shall not need to do anything else by hand on your end. If you wish to disable the hotlink protection option eventually, you'll simply have to go back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide you with an uncomplicated solution to secure your whole content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you can take advantage of it with just a few mouse clicks. The common technique to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives within it. With the tool which you'll find within the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to select the website which you want to protect and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all of the essential content in it. You could also use this feature for just one folder instead of the entire website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be switched on, you'll be able to disable it with a single mouse click from the very same section of your CP.