Hotlinking is an expression which describes the addition of images on a given website through the use of direct links. If you have site A, for example, and a person creates site B and wishes to include a number of images from your website, they're able to either save the images and then add them on their site or they could simply place links on their website to the images on yours. Thus, each time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images will load from your website hosting account. This process is sometimes used for documents and other types of files too. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you generate an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all website hosting plans which we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be activated in 2 easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the main folder or within a subfolder and you will be ready. You don't require any programming expertise or any experience with this kind of matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you would like to remove the protection at some point, you can see all the websites that are protected within the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you notice that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the security tool we've developed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Whenever you switch on this feature, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site in place of your actual images. You will only need to visit the Hotlink Protection section in the CP and choose the domain or subdomain that your site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it's as easy as that. If required, you shall also have the option to activate the feature just for a specific subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the function is equally effortless - go back to the same section, check the box beside the given Internet site and then click on the Delete button.