Hotlinking is a term that describes the addition of images on a given website via direct links. When you have website A, for example, and somebody creates website B and wants to include a few images from your site, they're able to either save the images and then add them on their website or they can simply put links on their site to the images on yours. Consequently, every time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, since the images will load straight from your web hosting account. This process is usually used for documents and other types of files also. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you can limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you create an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all shared hosting plans we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be activated in two easy steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the main folder or in a subfolder and you shall be good to go. You don't require any coding skills or any experience with this kind of matters, since there shall be nothing else to do. If you would like to remove the protection eventually, you can see all the Internet sites that are protected inside the very same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that someone is linking to your files without your authorization, you may easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security feature which we offer you. While the typical way to do this is to generate an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that can easily execute this automatically and you'll simply have to select the website in question and to decide whether our system should create the needed file in the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and features the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no difficulties even when you have never used any web hosting service before. You can switch off the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click from the same section.