Hotlinking is an expression that represents the addition of images on a particular website through the use of direct links. When you have website A, for example, and someone creates site B and wishes to add a couple of images from your site, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their website or they could simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Thus, whenever a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images will load directly from your web hosting account. This technique is oftentimes used for documents and other sorts of files as well. 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 websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you create an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all cloud hosting plans that we offer and could be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be turned on in 2 basic steps - pick 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 shall be good to go. You do not need any programming expertise or any experience with this kind of matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you'd like to disable the protection eventually, you can see all the websites that are protected within the very same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you do not want other people to use your images on their Internet sites without your approval, you can easily activate the hotlink security function, that is provided with all semi-dedicated server plans. Rather than generating an .htaccess file yourself inside the website folder and writing some code in it, which is the common way to deny direct linking to files, you may use a very simple tool, that we've included in the Hepsia CP. From it, you will simply need to select the website that needs to be secured and our system will do the rest. Also, you can make a decision if the .htaccess file will be set up directly in the root folder or within a subfolder, when you want to switch on the hotlink security function just for some content and not for the entire site. Disabling it is just as simple - you will simply have to mark the checkbox alongside the specific site and to click on the Delete button.