Hotlinking is an expression that identifies the addition of images on a given website by using direct links. When you have website A, for instance, and an individual creates website B and wishes to include a few images from your Internet site, they can either save the images and then include them on their website or they may simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Consequently, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, since the images will load straight from your web hosting account. This process is usually used for documents and other kinds of files as well. If you want to prevent third 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 Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you create an .htaccess file inside 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 shared hosting package deals which we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be activated in two simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file in the primary folder or in a subfolder and you'll be good to go. You do not need any coding expertise or any experience with such matters, because there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to turn off the protection at some time, you could see all the sites which are protected inside the very same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
We provide you with a simple solution to shield your entire content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you are able to take advantage of it with a couple of mouse clicks. The usual technique to enable server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a few directives within it. With the tool which you will find inside the Hepsia CP, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to pick the Internet site which you need to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the necessary content in it. You could also use this option for only one folder rather than the whole Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be enabled, you may deactivate it with one click from the same section of your Control Panel.