Hotlinking is an expression which identifies the addition of images on a given site by using direct links. In case you have site A, for example, and an individual creates site B and wishes to include a number of images from your site, they are able to 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. Consequently, each time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site 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 could restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

There's a method for preventing the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we also offer a very helpful tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with a few clicks and without writing any code. The tool could be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all our web hosting packages and the only two things which you'll need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection has to be activated for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you shall not need to do anything else personally on your end. If you choose to disable the hotlink protection option eventually, you'll just have to revisit the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We offer a simple solution to secure your whole content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you are able to take full advantage of it with a couple of clicks. The standard way to enable server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives inside it. With the tool which you'll find within the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only need to pick the website which you want to secure and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the needed content inside it. You can also use this feature for just one folder as opposed to the entire Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be enabled, you'll be able to disable it with a single mouse click through the exact same section of your Control Panel.