Hotlinking is a term that refers to the inclusion of images on a particular site using direct links. When you have site A, for instance, and an individual creates website B and wishes to include a few 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 Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, whenever a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, since the images will load from your hosting account. This process is typically used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

There's a simple way to avoid 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 furthermore give you a very helpful tool that will allow you to enable the protection with a couple of mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool may be accessed from the Hepsia CP, which comes with all our web hosting and the only two things that you'll need to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection should be activated for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you won't need to do anything else personally on your end. If you choose to deactivate the hotlink protection option at some point, you'll just need to go back to the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you notice that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the protection tool that we have designed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Whenever you activate this function, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party site instead of your actual images. You'll only have to visit the Hotlink Protection section inside the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain your Internet site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it is as elementary as that. If needed, you will also have the option to switch on the function only for a particular subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the protection is equally effortless - get back to the same section, check the box alongside the specific site and then click on the Delete button.