Hotlinking is an expression which describes the inclusion of images on a given website using direct links. If you have site A, for instance, and someone creates website B and wants to add a few images from your site, they could either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they may simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Thus, when a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images will load straight from your hosting account. This method is usually used for documents and other types of files as well. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

There's a way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we additionally offer a very user-friendly tool that will allow you to enable the protection with a couple of clicks and without inputting any code. The tool could be accessed through the Hepsia CP, included with all our shared hosting packages and the only two things that you'll have to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection should be activated for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else manually on your end. If you want to deactivate the hotlink protection option at one point, you'll just have to revisit exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that another person is linking to your files without your consent, you may easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink protection feature which we offer you. While the typical technique of doing that is to set up an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that can easily execute this automatically and you shall only have to choose the site in question and to determine whether our system should set up the necessary file within the main folder or in 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 problems even if you have never used any website hosting service before. You are able to deactivate the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a click from the exact same section.