Hotlinking is a term which refers to the addition of images on a particular Internet site using direct links. In case you have website A, for example, and somebody creates site B and wishes to add a number of images from your Internet site, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their website or they may simply place links on their website to the images on yours. Thus, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images will load from your website hosting account. This process is usually used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you wish to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

There's a way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we also offer a very time and effort saving tool that shall permit you to enable the protection with a few clicks and without writing any code. The tool can be accessed via the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all our shared web hosting and the only 2 things which you'll need to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection has to be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't have to do anything else personally on your end. If you choose to disable the hotlink protection option at one point, you will simply have to return to exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you discover that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the security tool that we have designed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Whenever you switch on this function, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site in place of your real images. You'll only have to go to the Hotlink Protection section within the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain that your website uses from a handy drop-down menu - it's as easy as that. If required, you will also have the option to enable the function just for a particular subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the function is just as simple - get back to exactly the same section, check the box next to the particular site and then click on the Delete button.