Hotlinking is an expression that represents the inclusion of images on a particular Internet site using direct links. In case you have site A, for example, and a person creates website B and wants to add a number of images from your Internet site, they're able to either save the images and then add them on their website or they could simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Consequently, each time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, as the images shall load from your website hosting account. This approach is oftentimes used for documents and other sorts of files also. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you are able to 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 set up an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but just in case you do not have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all web hosting packages we offer and could be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be turned on in 2 basic steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you shall be ready. You don't need any programming expertise or any experience with this type of matters, since there shall be nothing else to do. If you would like to turn off the protection at some time, you could see all of the websites that are protected in the very same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We offer a simple solution to shield your content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you'll be able to take advantage of it with just a few clicks. The conventional technique to activate server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives within it. With the tool that you'll discover in the Hepsia CP, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply have to choose the website which you want to protect and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, adding all the essential content in it. You can also use this option for just one folder rather than the entire Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be switched on, you may deactivate it with a single click via the same section of your Control Panel.