Hotlinking is a term which refers to the inclusion of images on a particular site through direct links. If you have site A, for instance, and someone creates site B and wishes to include a few images from your site, they could either save the images and then add them on their site or they could simply put links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images shall load from your web hosting account. This process is typically used for documents and other types 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 limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

There's a simple way to avoid the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we also give you a very easy-to-work-with tool that shall permit you to enable the protection with just a few mouse clicks and without typing any code. The tool can be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all our Linux shared website hosting and the only 2 things that you will have to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection must be enabled for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you won't need to do anything else by hand on your end. If you decide to turn off the hotlink protection option sometime, you will just need to return to the 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 open a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that another person is linking to your files without your approval, you can easily cut them off by activating the hotlink protection function which we provide. While the typical method of doing that is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that can perform this automatically and you'll only need to pick the site in question and to determine whether our system should create the required file in the main folder or in a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and has the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no difficulties even if you have never used any website hosting service before. You may turn off the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a click from exactly the same section.