Hotlinking is an expression which describes the addition of images on a particular site using direct links. If you have site A, for instance, and a person creates website B and wants to include a number of images from your site, they could either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they can simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. As a result, every time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images shall load straight from your web hosting account. This technique is usually used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you can limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you set up an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all cloud web hosting plans that we offer and could be accessed via 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 select if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the main folder or in a subfolder and you shall be good to go. You don't require any programming expertise or any experience with this sort of matters, due to the fact that there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to remove the protection at some time, you could see all of the sites which are protected inside the same exact section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that somebody is linking to your files without your approval, you will be able to easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security feature we offer you. While the regular method of doing this is to generate an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which can easily do this automatically and you will only need to pick the site in question and to choose whether our system should create the required file within the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and offers the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any issues even if you have never used any web hosting service before. You'll be able to disable the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click from the exact same section.