Hotlinking is a term that refers to the inclusion of images on a particular website by using direct links. If you have website A, for instance, and someone creates website B and wishes to include a few images from your site, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their website or they can simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Consequently, when a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images shall load straight from your website hosting account. This technique is typically used for documents and other sorts of files also. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you are able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

There is a way to avoid the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we additionally give you a very easy-to-use tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with a couple of mouse clicks and without typing any code. The tool may be accessed via the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all our Linux website hosting and the only two things which you will need to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection should be activated for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you shall not have to do anything else by hand on your end. If you choose to turn off the hotlink protection option at some point, you will simply have to come back to the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you do not want other people to use your images on their Internet sites without your approval, you could easily activate the hotlink protection feature, which is offered with all semi-dedicated server packages. As opposed to setting up an .htaccess file by hand in the Internet site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the standard approach to deny direct linking to files, you can use an incredibly simple tool, that we have integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. Using it, you will simply need to pick the site which has to be protected and our system will do the rest. Optionally, you can choose if the .htaccess file needs to be generated directly inside the root folder or within a subfolder, in case you'd like to enable the hotlink security feature just for some content and not for the entire Internet site. Disabling it is just as simple - you'll simply need to mark the checkbox next to the particular website and to click on the Delete button.