Hotlinking is an expression which describes the addition of images on a particular website by using direct links. If you have website A, for instance, and a person creates website B and wishes to add a couple of images from your website, they could either save the images and then add them on their site or they may simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Thus, each time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images shall load straight from your web hosting account. This approach is usually used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you create an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case that you do not have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all web hosting plans we offer and could be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be enabled in 2 simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the main folder or in a subfolder and you'll be ready. You do not need any computer programming capabilities or any experience with this sort of matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to disable the protection at some time, you could see all the Internet sites that are protected within the very same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that someone is linking to your files without your authorization, you will be able to easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security function that we offer you. While the standard method of doing this is to set up an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that can do this automatically and you will only have to select the Internet site in question and to determine whether our system should set up the necessary file in the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and offers exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no complications even when you have never used any website hosting service before. You'll be able to switch off the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a mouse click from exactly the same section.