Hotlinking is a term that represents the inclusion of images on a given website through the use of direct links. In case you have website A, for example, and a person creates site B and wishes to add a few images from your website, they could either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they can simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Subsequently, every time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images will load from your hosting account. This method is sometimes used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you set up an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but just in case you do not have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all website hosting plans which we offer and can be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be turned on in two simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the main folder or in a subfolder and you will be good to go. You don't require any programming expertise or any experience with this kind of matters, since there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to remove the protection at some point, you can see all of the sites that are protected inside the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button beside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you don't want other individuals to use your images on their websites without your permission, you can easily enable the hotlink security feature, that's available with all semi-dedicated server packages. As an alternative to setting up an .htaccess file manually inside the site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the common way to deny direct linking to files, you could use an exceedingly simple tool, that we have incorporated into the Hepsia Control Panel. Using it, you will simply have to choose the website that needs to be secured and our system will do the rest. Additionally, you can choose whether the .htaccess file needs to be created directly inside the root folder or in a subfolder, if you want to enable the hotlink security feature just for some content and not for the entire website. Disabling it is just as easy - you will simply have to mark the checkbox next to the specific site and to click on the Delete button.