Hotlinking is an expression that describes the addition of images on a given Internet site by using direct links. When you have site A, for instance, and someone creates website B and wants to include a couple of images from your website, they are able to either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they could simply put links on their website 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, as the images will load directly from your website hosting account. This technique is sometimes used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but just in case you do not have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all hosting packages which we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be turned on in two easy steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the main folder or in a subfolder and you shall be all set. You don't require any coding skills or any experience with this sort of matters, since there shall be nothing else to do. If you would like to turn off the protection at some point, you can see all the Internet sites that are protected inside the same section of the CP 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 notice that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the security tool we've created and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. When you activate this function, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party Internet site in place of your actual images. You will only need to navigate to the Hotlink Protection section within the Control Panel and pick the domain or subdomain your website uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it's as elementary as that. If needed, you'll also have the option to switch on the function just for a particular subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the function is equally effortless - get back to the same section, check the box next to the particular website and then press the Delete button.