Hotlinking is an expression which identifies the inclusion of images on a particular Internet site via direct links. When you have website A, for example, and a person creates site B and wishes to include a number of images from your website, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their site or they could simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Consequently, whenever a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, as the images shall load from your hosting account. This technique is typically used for documents and other sorts of files also. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you set up an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case that you don't have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all hosting plans which we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be activated in two simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the main folder or inside a subfolder and you shall be ready. You don't require any programming expertise or any experience with this type of matters, because there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to disable the protection at some time, you can see all of the sites which are protected in the same exact section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

Our company offers an effective solution to shield your content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you can take advantage of it with several clicks. The standard way for you to activate server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives inside it. With the tool which you will find in the Hepsia CP, provided with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply have to choose the Internet site which you need to secure and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all the essential content in it. You may also use this function for just one folder as opposed to the whole website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be switched on, you may deactivate it with one click via the very same section of your Control Panel.