Hotlinking is a term which refers to the addition of images on a given website by using direct links. When you have website A, for example, and someone creates website B and wants to include a number of images from your site, they could either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they can simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Consequently, every time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images will load directly from your website hosting account. This technique is oftentimes used for documents and other types of files too. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you could limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

There's a way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore provide a very easy-to-use tool that shall permit you to enable the protection with a few clicks and without entering any code. The tool could be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all our Linux web hosting services and the only 2 things which you will have to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection needs to be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else manually on your end. If you choose to turn off the hotlink protection option sometime, you'll only have to revisit the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you don't want others to use your images on their websites without your consent, you can easily activate the hotlink protection feature, that is available with all semi-dedicated server package deals. Instead of setting up an .htaccess file yourself within the Internet site folder and writing some code in it, which is the traditional approach to deny direct linking to files, you could use an exceedingly simple tool, which we've included in the Hepsia CP. By using it, you'll only have to pick the website that has to be secured and our system shall do the rest. Furthermore, you can make a decision whether the .htaccess file needs to be generated directly inside the root folder or in a subfolder, if you'd like to switch on the hotlink protection function just for some content and not for the entire website. Deactivating it is just as effortless - you'll simply need to mark the checkbox alongside the respective Internet site and to click on the Delete button.