Hotlinking is an expression that represents the inclusion of images on a particular site via direct links. If you have website A, for instance, and an individual creates website B and wants to add a couple of images from your website, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their website or they could simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, whenever a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images will load directly from your web hosting account. This method is sometimes used for documents and other sorts of files also. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all shared web hosting plans which we offer and could be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be turned on in 2 basic steps - select 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 within a subfolder and you shall be ready. You don't need any computer programming expertise or any experience with this sort of matters, as there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to remove the protection at some time, you can see all of the websites which are protected inside the very same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you discover that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the protection tool we've developed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Whenever you enable this option, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site as a substitute for your actual images. You will only have to check out the Hotlink Protection section in the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain your website uses from a practical drop-down menu - it is as elementary as that. If needed, you shall also have the option to switch on the feature only for a specific subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the protection is as easy - go back to the same section, check the box beside the specific website and then press the Delete button.