Hotlinking is an expression which represents the addition of images on a given site using direct links. If you have site A, for instance, and someone creates site B and wishes to add 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 website to the images on yours. Consequently, each time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images will load directly from your hosting account. This approach is typically used for documents and other types of files as well. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you are able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you set up 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 website hosting plans that we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be enabled in two easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file in the primary folder or within a subfolder and you will be ready. You don't need any coding capabilities or any experience with this sort of matters, because there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to turn off the protection at some time, you can see all of the websites which are protected inside the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that another person is linking to your files without your permission, you will be able to easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security feature which we offer you. While the conventional way to do that is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which can execute this automatically and you shall only need to choose the site in question and to determine whether our system should set up the needed file in the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is an element of our customized Hepsia CP and has exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without complications even in case you have never used any hosting service before. You can switch off the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a click through the same section.