Hotlinking is a term which represents the inclusion of images on a given website via direct links. If you have site A, for example, and someone creates site B and wishes to include a number of images from your site, they could either save the images and then include them on their website or they may simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Thus, each time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images shall load directly from your web hosting account. This method is usually 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 web hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you set up an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but just in case you don't have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all shared hosting packages that we offer and can be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be turned on in 2 basic steps - select the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file within the main folder or in a subfolder and you shall be ready. You don't require any programming expertise or any experience with this sort of matters, since there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to turn off the protection eventually, you will be able to see all the Internet sites that are protected inside the same exact section of the Control Panel with a Delete button beside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that somebody is linking to your files without your permission, you could easily cut them off by activating the hotlink protection feature which we offer. While the conventional way to do that is to create an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can do this automatically and you shall only need to select the site in question and to determine whether our system should create the necessary file inside the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is a component of our customized Hepsia CP and provides the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without complications even if you have never used any web hosting service before. You'll be able to turn off the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a click from the exact same section.