Hotlinking is an expression which identifies the addition of images on a given Internet site through the use of direct links. When you have site A, for instance, and someone creates website B and wishes to add a few images from your Internet site, they are able to either save the images and then add them on their site or they may simply put links on their site to the images on yours. Subsequently, when a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images shall load directly from your hosting account. This method is typically used for documents and other types of files also. 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

There is a way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we furthermore offer a very time and effort saving tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with just a few clicks and without writing any code. The tool could be accessed through the Hepsia CP, which comes with all our cloud hosting and the only two things which you will need to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection needs to be activated for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else personally on your end. If you want to disable the hotlink protection option at one point, you'll only have to come back to the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to click on the Delete button.