Hotlinking is an expression which identifies the addition of images on a given website via direct links. In case you have site A, for example, and an individual creates site B and wants to add a couple of images from your site, they are able to either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they could simply place links on their website to the images on yours. Thus, every time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images will load directly from your web hosting account. This technique is oftentimes used for documents and other types of files as well. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but just in case you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all website hosting package deals which we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be activated in 2 easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file in the main folder or within a subfolder and you shall be all set. You do not need any programming skills or any experience with this kind of matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to remove the protection at some point, you will be able to see all of the sites that are protected inside the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button next to each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that someone is linking to your files without your permission, you could easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink protection feature that we offer you. While the standard way to do this is to set up an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can easily perform this automatically and you shall simply have to choose the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should generate the required file in the main folder or in a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and features the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any problems even if you have never used any web hosting service before. You may disable the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a mouse click through the exact same section.