Hotlinking is an expression which refers to the addition of images on a particular Internet site through direct links. If you have website A, for instance, and a person creates site B and wishes to include a number of images from your Internet site, they can either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they can simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Consequently, each time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images shall load straight from your website hosting account. This approach is usually used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you could limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all website hosting packages which we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be activated in two basic steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the primary folder or in a subfolder and you will be all set. You do not need any computer programming capabilities or any experience with this sort of matters, as there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to turn off the protection at some time, you will be able to see all of the Internet sites that are protected within the same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide you with an uncomplicated solution to shield your whole content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you'll be able to take advantage of it with a couple of clicks. The conventional technique to turn on server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives in it. With the tool that you'll discover inside the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to pick the website which you intend to secure and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, including all the required content within it. You can even use this feature for just one folder instead of the entire site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be switched on, you can disable it with one mouse click via the same section of your Control Panel.