What is hotlink protection and exactly how does it work? When do you really need it?
Hotlinking is a term that describes the inclusion of images on a given site through the use of direct links. If you have website A, for instance, and somebody creates website B and wishes to include a number of images from your site, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they could simply put links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, when a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images will load directly from your website hosting account. This approach is oftentimes used for documents and other types of files too. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you can limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you set up an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but just in case you don't have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all cloud web hosting package deals which we offer and can be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be turned on in 2 basic steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the main folder or inside a subfolder and you'll be good to go. You do not need any coding skills or any experience with this kind of matters, because there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to remove the protection at some point, you could see all the sites which are protected in the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each of them.