Hotlinking is a term that describes the addition of images on a particular website by using direct links. When you have website A, for example, and someone creates site B and wants to add a number of images from your website, they can either save the images and then add them on their website or they may simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Consequently, whenever a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, since the images will load from your web hosting account. This process is sometimes used for documents and other kinds of files as well. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you are able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all cloud hosting package deals that we offer and can be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be activated in 2 simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file within the primary folder or in a subfolder and you'll be ready. You do not need any coding capabilities or any experience with this sort of matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to disable the protection at some point, you could see all the Internet sites that are protected inside the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.