Hotlinking is a term that identifies the addition of images on a particular website using direct links. In case you have site A, for instance, and an individual creates website B and wishes to include a few images from your Internet site, 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. Thus, every time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images shall load from your web hosting account. This method is typically used for documents and other types of files also. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

There's a simple method for preventing the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally give you a very user-friendly tool that will allow you to activate the protection with a few mouse clicks and without entering any code. The tool can be accessed via the Hepsia CP, which comes with all our website hosting plans and the only two things which you'll need to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection should be enabled for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you shall not need to do anything else personally on your end. If you decide to disable the hotlink protection option eventually, you'll just have to revisit the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

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 that we have created and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Whenever you activate this function, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party site in place of your real images. You'll only have to navigate to the Hotlink Protection section inside the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain which your site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it is as easy as that. When necessary, you will also have the option to activate the feature just for a specific subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the protection is just as easy - return to the exact same section, check the box next to the given site and then press the Delete button.