Hotlinking is a term which describes the inclusion of images on a particular website through direct links. When you have website A, for example, and someone creates site B and wishes to add a few images from your site, they can either save the images and then add them on their site or they may simply put links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, each time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, since the images will load straight from your website hosting account. This process is usually used for documents and other types of files also. If you wish to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you can limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

There's a simple way of preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore offer a very time and effort saving tool that will permit you to enable the protection with just a few mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool could be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all our web hosting and the only two things that you'll have to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection must be activated for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else personally on your end. If you decide to disable the hotlink protection option eventually, you will just need to revisit the exact same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you discover that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the protection tool which we have created and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. As soon as you activate this function, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party website as a substitute for your real images. You will only have to check out the Hotlink Protection section in the CP and pick the domain or subdomain that your website uses from a handy drop-down menu - it is as simple as that. If needed, you shall also have the option to enable the function only for a particular subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the function is equally simple - go back to the exact same section, check the box alongside the specific website and then click on the Delete button.