Hotlinking is a term which represents the inclusion of images on a particular website via direct links. When you have website A, for instance, and someone creates site B and wishes to include a few images from your website, they could either save the images and then add them on their site or they can simply put links on their site to the images on yours. Consequently, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images will load from your web hosting account. This technique is usually used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you wish 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 Shared Hosting

There's a way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally offer a very helpful tool that will allow you to activate the protection with a few mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool could be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all our shared hosting and the only two things that you will have to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection has to be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else manually on your end. If you decide to turn off the hotlink protection option sometime, you will simply have to return to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you discover that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the security tool we have developed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Once you switch on this option, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party Internet site instead of your actual images. You will only have to go to the Hotlink Protection section inside the Control Panel and pick the domain or subdomain that your website uses from a practical drop-down menu - it's as simple as that. When necessary, you will also have the option to switch on the function just for a specific subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the feature is equally effortless - go back to the same section, check the box beside the specific site and then press the Delete button.