Hotlinking is a term that represents the inclusion of images on a particular website using direct links. When you have website A, for instance, and somebody creates website B and wishes to add a couple of images from your Internet site, they can either save the images and then add them on their site or they could simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Thus, when a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images shall load straight from your website hosting account. This method is typically used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you are able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you generate an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all shared hosting packages which we offer and could be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be turned on in two basic steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file in the main folder or in a subfolder and you'll be good to go. You don't need any programming capabilities or any experience with this kind of matters, because there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to disable the protection eventually, you will be able to see all of the Internet sites that are protected inside the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Our company offers an effective solution to shield your whole content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you could benefit from it with several mouse clicks. The usual way for you to enable server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to include a few directives inside it. With the tool that you will find within the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to choose the website which you would like to secure and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, adding all the needed content in it. You can also use this feature for just one folder rather than the whole Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be enabled, you'll be able to deactivate it with a single mouse click via the same section of your Control Panel.