Hotlinking is an expression that identifies the addition of images on a given Internet site via direct links. If you have site A, for instance, and an individual 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 site or they could simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, each time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images shall load directly from your hosting account. This process is usually used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you create an .htaccess file inside 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 provided with all cloud hosting plans that we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be turned on in two easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file within the primary folder or within a subfolder and you'll be ready. You don't need any coding skills or any experience with this sort of matters, as there will be nothing else to do. If you'd like to disable the protection at some point, you could see all of the websites which are protected within the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button beside each of them.