Hotlinking is an expression that represents the inclusion of images on a given Internet site through the use of direct links. If you have site A, for example, and somebody creates website B and wishes to add a number of images from your site, they're able to either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they may simply place links on their website to the images on yours. Subsequently, when a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images will load directly from your website hosting account. This approach is typically used for documents and other sorts 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 can limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you set up an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all shared website hosting plans that we offer and can be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be activated in two easy steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or within a subfolder and you will be ready. You don't require any programming capabilities or any experience with such matters, since 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 the Internet sites which are protected in the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide you with an uncomplicated solution to secure your whole content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you could take advantage of it with just a few mouse clicks. The standard way to turn on server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives in it. With the tool which you will find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply have to choose the site which you need to secure and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the required content within it. You can also use this function for only one folder rather than the entire Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be enabled, you could disable it with just one mouse click from the exact same section of your CP.