Hotlinking is an expression which describes the addition of images on a particular Internet site through direct links. If you have site A, for instance, and a person creates website B and wants to include a number of images from your website, they could either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they may simply place links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, every time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, as the images shall load from your web hosting account. This approach is typically used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you set up an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all shared website hosting packages we offer and could be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be activated in 2 simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file in the main folder or inside a subfolder and you shall be ready. You do not need any computer programming capabilities or any experience with this kind of matters, since there shall be nothing else to do. If you would like to remove the protection at some time, you will be able to see all of the Internet sites which are protected within the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that another person is linking to your files without your permission, you can easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection function that we offer you. While the standard method of doing that is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that is able to execute this automatically and you'll only need to select the Internet site in question and to determine whether our system should create the necessary file inside the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom made Hepsia CP and offers exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no complications even if you have never used any website hosting service before. You can disable the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a mouse click through exactly the same section.