Hotlinking is a term that identifies the addition of images on a given website using direct links. If you have site A, for instance, and a person creates website B and wishes to add a few images from your site, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their website or they could simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. As a result, when a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images shall load directly from your web hosting account. This method 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'll be able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

There's a way of preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we furthermore offer a very easy-to-use tool that will permit you to activate the protection with a few mouse clicks and without typing any code. The tool may be accessed through the Hepsia CP, included with all our Linux cloud packages and the only 2 things which you will have to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection needs to be enabled for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else by hand on your end. If you want to disable the hotlink protection option at one point, you'll only have to come back to the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We offer a simple solution to protect your entire content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you are able to benefit from it with a few mouse clicks. The common approach to enable server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to include a few directives in it. With the tool which you'll find in the Hepsia CP, supplied with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply need to pick the website that you would like to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the essential content within it. You can even use this feature 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 may deactivate it with a single mouse click from the same exact section of your CP.