Hotlinking is a term that refers to the addition of images on a particular website using direct links. In case you have site A, for instance, and someone creates website B and wants to add a couple of images from your site, they can either save the images and then include them on their site or they could simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. As a result, every time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images will load from your website hosting account. This technique is usually used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you create an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case that you don't have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all cloud website hosting packages which we offer and could be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be turned on in two easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file within the primary folder or in a subfolder and you shall be all set. You do not need any programming skills or any experience with this sort of matters, since there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to turn off the protection eventually, you could see all of the Internet sites that are protected within the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that someone is linking to your files without your authorization, you will be able to easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security function that we provide. While the standard way to do this is to set up an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that is able to perform this automatically and you will only have to pick the website in question and to decide whether our system should generate the required file in the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom made Hepsia CP and offers the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no complications even if you have never used any website hosting service before. You can switch off the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click through exactly the same section.