Hotlinking is a term which identifies the inclusion of images on a particular Internet site through the use of direct links. When you have website A, for instance, and somebody creates site B and wants to include a few images from your site, they could either save the images and then include them on their site or they may simply put links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, each time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images shall load from your web hosting account. This method is typically used for documents and other types of files too. If you wish to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you set up an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all hosting plans we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be enabled in 2 simple steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the primary folder or within a subfolder and you shall be ready. You don't require any computer programming expertise or any experience with this type of matters, since there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to disable the protection at some point, you could see all of the websites which are protected in the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you don't want others to use your images on their Internet sites without your authorization, you may easily switch on the hotlink protection function, which is supplied with all semi-dedicated server packages. Instead of setting up an .htaccess file manually in the site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the standard method to deny direct linking to files, you could use a really simple tool, that we've included in the Hepsia CP. Using it, you will simply have to choose the site that should be secured and our system will do the rest. Moreover, you can decide whether the .htaccess file needs to be created straight within the root folder or inside a subfolder, when you want to switch on the hotlink protection function just for some content and not for the entire site. Deactivating it is just as easy - you will simply need to mark the checkbox alongside the specific Internet site and to click on the Delete button.