Hotlinking is a term which identifies the addition of images on a given site through the use of direct links. In case you have website A, for instance, and an individual creates website B and wants to include a few images from your website, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their website or they may simply place links on their website to the images on yours. Subsequently, every time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, since the images will load directly from your hosting account. This process is typically used for documents and other kinds of files as well. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you could limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you generate an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case that you don't have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all shared web hosting packages that we offer and can be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be turned on in 2 easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or in a subfolder and you will be all set. You don't require any coding capabilities or any experience with this sort of matters, due to the fact that there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to remove the protection eventually, you will be able to see all the websites 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 our company and you notice that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the security tool that we have developed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Whenever you activate this feature, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party Internet site rather than your real images. You will only need to visit the Hotlink Protection section inside the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain your website uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it is as easy as that. When necessary, you'll also have the option to activate the function only for a particular subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the feature is just as easy - return to the same section, check the box next to the specific website and then press the Delete button.