Hotlinking is an expression that identifies the inclusion of images on a given site through direct links. If you have website A, for example, and a person creates site B and wishes to include a few images from your website, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their site or they can simply put links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, when a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, since the images will load from your web hosting account. This approach is oftentimes used for documents and other types of files too. If you wish to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you create an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case that you don't have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all cloud hosting package deals we offer and can be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be turned on in 2 easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file in the primary folder or in a subfolder and you'll be good to go. You don't need any computer programming skills or any experience with this kind of matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to disable the protection at some time, you can see all of the websites that are protected in the exact same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each of them.