Hotlinking is a term which refers to the inclusion of images on a particular website by using direct links. If you have site A, for instance, and a person creates site B and wants to add a number of images from your website, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their site or they may simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Thus, each time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images will load from your website hosting account. This technique is sometimes used for documents and other types of files as well. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all hosting packages that we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be turned on in two simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file within the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you will be good to go. You don't need any programming skills or any experience with such matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you want to turn off the protection eventually, you can see all of the websites that are protected within the very same section of the CP with a Delete button beside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you find out that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the protection tool that we have designed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. As soon as you switch on this feature, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party site rather than your actual images. You'll only have to go to the Hotlink Protection section in the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain that your website uses from a practical drop-down menu - it's as elementary as that. If necessary, you shall also have the option to switch on the function for a particular subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the protection is equally simple - return to the same section, check the box beside the specific website and then press the Delete button.