Hotlinking is an expression which refers to the addition of images on a particular Internet site via direct links. In case you have site A, for instance, and somebody creates website B and wishes to add a number of images from your site, they are able to either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they could simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Consequently, every time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images shall load from your website hosting account. This technique is typically used for documents and other types of files also. If you'd like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web 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 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 additionally give you a very time and effort saving tool that will permit you to activate the protection with several mouse clicks and without inputting any code. The tool could be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all our Linux hosting and the only two things which you'll need to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection must be enabled for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't have to do anything else manually on your end. If you want to turn off the hotlink protection option eventually, you will just have to revisit the exact same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you don't want others to use your images on their sites without your consent, you may easily activate the hotlink security feature, which is supplied with all semi-dedicated server package deals. As opposed to setting up an .htaccess file yourself in the Internet site folder and writing some code within it, which is the common approach to deny direct linking to files, you can use an exceedingly simple tool, which we've incorporated into the Hepsia CP. Using it, you will only need to select the website that should be secured and our system will do the rest. Moreover, you can choose if the .htaccess file should be set up directly inside the root folder or in a subfolder, when you would like to enable the hotlink protection function only for some content and not for the entire site. Deactivating it is just as easy - you will only need to mark the checkbox beside the particular website and to click on the Delete button.