Hotlinking is a term that identifies the inclusion of images on a particular website using direct links. In case you have website A, for example, and a person creates website B and wishes to add a number of images from your Internet site, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they can simply put links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, whenever a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images will load directly from your hosting account. This approach is typically used for documents and other kinds of files as well. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

There's a simple way of preventing the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we additionally provide a very user-friendly tool that will permit you to enable the protection with several mouse clicks and without inputting any code. The tool could be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all our Linux website hosting and the only two things that you will need to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection should be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else by hand on your end. If you choose to turn off the hotlink protection option sometime, you'll just have to revisit the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that somebody is linking to your files without your consent, you could easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection feature which we offer you. While the standard technique of doing this is to set up an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that can execute this automatically and you shall simply have to choose the site in question and to determine whether our system should set up the needed file within the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our customized Hepsia CP and features exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without complications even when you have never used any web hosting service before. You'll be able to turn off the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a mouse click from the exact same section.