Hotlinking is a term which represents the addition of images on a particular website via direct links. When you have website A, for example, and somebody creates site B and wants to add a few images from your Internet site, they're able to either save the images and then add them on their website or they may simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Thus, when a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images will load directly from your web hosting account. This approach is oftentimes 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 hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

There is a method for preventing the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore provide a very intuitive tool that will permit you to activate the protection with a few clicks and without entering any code. The tool may be accessed via the Hepsia CP, provided with all our Linux hosting packages and the only 2 things that you will have to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection needs to be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you shall not have to do anything else by hand on your end. If you want to turn off the hotlink protection option at some point, you will simply have to come back to exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that another person is linking to your files without your permission, you can easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security function which we offer. While the typical technique of doing this is to generate an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that can do this automatically and you will only have to choose the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should generate the required file within the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and provides exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any issues even in case you have never used any hosting service before. You are able to deactivate the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a click from the exact same section.