Hotlinking is an expression that identifies the inclusion of images on a particular website using direct links. In case you have site A, for example, and someone creates website B and wishes to add a number of images from your Internet site, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their website or they can simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Subsequently, whenever a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images will load straight from your web hosting account. This technique is sometimes used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you'd like to prevent 3rd 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 sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you generate an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but just in case you don't have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all shared website hosting packages we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be enabled in 2 easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the main folder or in a subfolder and you shall be ready. You do not need any coding capabilities or any experience with such matters, since there shall be nothing else to do. If you would like to disable the protection at some time, you could see all the websites which are protected within the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you notice that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the security tool that we have created and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. When you switch on this option, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party website instead of your real images. You will only have to visit the Hotlink Protection section within the CP and select the domain or subdomain that your Internet site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it's as basic as that. If necessary, you shall also have the option to activate the feature for a particular subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the function is equally easy - return to the very same section, check the box beside the particular site and then click on the Delete button.