Hotlinking is an expression that describes the inclusion of images on a particular Internet site via direct links. In case you have website A, for instance, and someone creates website B and wishes to include a few images from your Internet site, they can 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. As a result, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images will load from your hosting account. This process is oftentimes 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 capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you set up an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all cloud website hosting packages that we offer and could be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be activated in two easy steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file within the main folder or in a subfolder and you will be good to go. You don't need any computer programming expertise or any experience with this sort of matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to remove the protection at some time, you can see all of the websites which are protected inside the exact same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you do not want others to use your images on their Internet sites without your authorization, you may easily activate the hotlink security feature, which is offered with all semi-dedicated server packages. Rather than creating an .htaccess file yourself within the Internet site folder and writing some code in it, which is the traditional way to deny direct linking to files, you may use an exceptionally simple tool, that we've integrated into the Hepsia CP. Using it, you will only have to choose the website which should be protected and our system will do the rest. Optionally, you can make a decision whether the .htaccess file should be set up directly within the root folder or within a subfolder, in case you would like to enable the hotlink security feature just for some content and not for the whole site. Stopping it is just as easy - you will only have to mark the checkbox alongside the respective Internet site and to click on the Delete button.