Hotlinking is an expression which refers to the addition of images on a given website via direct links. When you have site A, for instance, and a person creates site B and wishes to add a couple of images from your website, they could either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they can simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Thus, every time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images shall load from your hosting account. This approach is typically used for documents and other sorts of files also. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case that you don't have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all cloud web hosting plans that we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could 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 inside the main folder or in a subfolder and you'll be all set. You don't need any computer programming capabilities or any experience with this kind of matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to turn off the protection at some point, you will be able to see all the sites that are protected in the very same section of the CP with a Delete button beside each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
Our company offers an effective solution to shield your entire content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you can benefit from it with a couple of clicks. The common technique to enable server-side hotlink protection is to generate 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 of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only need to pick the website that you would like to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the needed content inside it. You may also use this option for just one folder instead of the entire website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be active, you'll be able to disable it with just one mouse click through the exact same section of your Control Panel.