Hotlinking is an expression which describes the inclusion of images on a given Internet site via direct links. If you have website A, for instance, and someone creates site B and wants to include a couple of images from your Internet site, they're able to either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they may simply put 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, as the images shall load from your web hosting account. This technique is usually used for documents and other types of files as well. If you would like 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 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 hosting package deals we offer and can be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be enabled in 2 simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file in the primary folder or in a subfolder and you'll be all set. You don't need any computer programming skills or any experience with this kind of matters, since there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to turn off the protection eventually, you will be able to see all the Internet sites which are protected within the very same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that another person is linking to your files without your consent, you will be able to easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink protection feature which we offer you. While the standard way to do this is to create an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can perform this automatically and you will only need to select the Internet site in question and to determine whether our system should create the necessary file inside the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is part of our customized Hepsia Control Panel and has the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without issues even if you have never used any hosting service before. You'll be able to disable the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a click from the exact same section.