Hotlinking is a term that identifies the addition of images on a particular site through the use of direct links. If you have site A, for instance, and an individual creates site B and wants to include a couple of images from your site, they're 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. As a result, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images will load directly from your website hosting account. This process is sometimes used for documents and other types of files also. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you could limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

There's a simple method for preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally offer a very intuitive tool that will allow you to enable the protection with a couple of mouse clicks and without typing any code. The tool could be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all our cloud hosting and the only 2 things which you'll have to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection must be enabled for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't need to do anything else personally on your end. If you decide to disable the hotlink protection option at one point, you'll just need to go back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide you with a simple solution to shield your entire content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you can benefit from it with a couple of clicks. The common way to activate server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives within it. With the tool that you'll find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, supplied with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to select the site that you would like to secure and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the essential content inside it. You can also use this function for only one folder rather than the entire Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be active, you could deactivate it with one click via the exact same section of your Control Panel.