Hotlinking is a term that identifies the addition of images on a given site via direct links. When you have website A, for example, and someone creates site B and wants to add a number of images from your Internet site, they can either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they can simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. As a result, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images will load directly from your web hosting account. This approach is usually used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

There's a simple method for preventing the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we additionally offer a very easy-to-use tool that will permit you to activate the protection with a couple of mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool can be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all our web hosting plans and the only 2 things which you'll have to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection should be enabled for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you shall not have to do anything else personally on your end. If you choose to turn off the hotlink protection option eventually, you'll only have to go back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you do not want other individuals to use your images on their websites without your approval, you could easily enable the hotlink security feature, which is offered with all semi-dedicated server plans. Instead of generating an .htaccess file by hand inside the site folder and writing some code in it, which is the conventional way to deny direct linking to files, you could use a really simple tool, that we've included in the Hepsia CP. With it, you'll only have to choose the Internet site that needs to be secured and our system shall do the rest. Furthermore, you can decide whether the .htaccess file should be set up straight within the root folder or within a subfolder, in case you'd like to enable the hotlink security feature only for some content and not for the entire website. Stopping it is just as fast - you will simply have to mark the checkbox beside the specific website and to click on the Delete button.