Hotlinking is an expression which describes the inclusion of images on a given site through the use of direct links. If you have website A, for example, and a person creates site B and wants to include a number of images from your site, they can either save the images and then add them on their site or they could simply put links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, each time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images shall load straight from your hosting account. This method is sometimes used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you could limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you create an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all cloud hosting package deals we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be enabled in 2 easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you shall be all set. 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 disable the protection eventually, you could see all of the websites which are protected in the same exact section of the Control Panel with a Delete button beside each one of them.