Hotlinking is an expression which identifies the inclusion of images on a given site via direct links. If you have website A, for example, and a person creates site B and wishes to include a few images from your website, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their site or they may simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Consequently, each time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images will load directly from your hosting account. This technique is sometimes used for documents and other sorts of files also. If you'd like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

There's a way of preventing the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we additionally offer a very easy-to-work-with tool that will allow you to activate the protection with several clicks and without entering any code. The tool may be accessed via the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all our cloud website hosting services and the only 2 things that you'll have to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection should be activated for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else manually on your end. If you choose to disable the hotlink protection option at one point, you'll simply have to go back to the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you notice that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the protection tool which we have designed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. When you enable this option, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party website as a substitute for your real images. You'll only need to check out the Hotlink Protection section within the CP and select the domain or subdomain which your Internet site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it's as simple as that. If required, you shall also have the option to enable the feature for a specific subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the function is as simple - return to the exact same section, check the box alongside the given Internet site and then click on the Delete button.