Hotlinking is a term that refers to the addition of images on a given site using direct links. In case you have site A, for instance, and someone creates website B and wishes to add a couple of images from your website, they can either save the images and then add them on their site or they could simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Subsequently, when a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images shall load directly from your web hosting account. This technique is usually used for documents and other types of files too. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you create an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all website hosting package deals we offer and can be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be activated in 2 easy steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the main folder or in a subfolder and you will be all set. You don't need any coding expertise or any experience with this type of matters, as there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to disable the protection eventually, you will be able to see all of the sites that are protected in the very same section of the CP with a Delete button beside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you notice that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the security tool which we have created and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. When you switch on this feature, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party Internet site in place of your actual images. You will only have to visit the Hotlink Protection section inside the CP and select the domain or subdomain which your Internet site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it is as elementary as that. If required, you'll also have the option to enable the function for a specific subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the protection is equally simple - go back to the very same section, check the box next to the particular website and then click on the Delete button.