Hotlinking is an expression which refers to the inclusion of images on a particular site via direct links. When you have website A, for instance, and a person creates site B and wishes to include a number of images from your website, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their website or they can simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, 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 process is sometimes used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you create an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case that you don't have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all cloud hosting packages which we offer and can be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be turned on in 2 simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the main folder or within a subfolder and you'll be ready. You don't need any computer programming expertise or any experience with this type of matters, because there will be nothing else to do. If you want to turn off the protection at some point, you could see all of the Internet sites which are protected inside the very same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button beside each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that somebody is linking to your files without your permission, you may easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security feature we offer you. While the typical technique of doing this is to generate an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that is able to perform this automatically and you will only have to select the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should generate the needed file within the main folder or in a subfolder. The tool is an element of our customized Hepsia CP and has the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no complications even when you have never used any website hosting service before. You can deactivate the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a mouse click through the exact same section.