Hotlinking is a term that describes the addition of images on a given site via direct links. If you have website A, for instance, and somebody creates site B and wishes to add a couple of images from your website, they're able to either save the images and then add them on their site or they can simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Consequently, every time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images will load straight from your website hosting account. This technique is oftentimes used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you would like to prevent 3rd 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 Shared Website Hosting

There's a simple method for preventing the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we furthermore give you a very easy-to-work-with tool that will permit you to enable the protection with a couple of mouse clicks and without inputting any code. The tool may be accessed via the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all our shared website hosting services and the only two things which you'll need to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection has to be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else manually on your end. If you wish to turn off the hotlink protection option at some point, you'll just need to go back to exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Our company offers an uncomplicated solution to protect your content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you are able to take full advantage of it with a few mouse clicks. The conventional way to activate server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to include a few directives inside it. With the tool which you'll find in the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply need to choose the site which you need to protect and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all of the needed content within it. You can also use this feature for just one folder as opposed to the entire Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be switched on, you can deactivate it with a single mouse click via the very same section of your CP.