Hotlinking is a term that refers to the addition of images on a particular Internet site through direct links. When you have website A, for instance, and an individual creates site B and wants to include a few images from your site, they could either save the images and then include them on their site or they may simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, every time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images shall load directly from your website hosting account. This technique is sometimes used for documents and other kinds of files as well. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you generate 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 included with all cloud website hosting plans which we offer and could be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. 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 set up the .htaccess file in the primary folder or in a subfolder and you'll be good to go. You do not need any programming capabilities or any experience with this type of matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to turn off the protection eventually, you can see all the Internet sites which are protected in the same exact section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each of them.