Hotlinking is a term which represents the addition of images on a particular site through the use of direct links. When you have website A, for instance, and a person creates site B and wants to include a number of images from your site, they can either save the images and then include them on their website or they may simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Thus, each time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images shall load directly from your website hosting account. This technique is oftentimes 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 website hosting account’s resources, you can limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case that you don't have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all hosting packages that we offer and can be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be activated in 2 simple steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file within the main folder or in a subfolder and you shall be good to go. You don't require any programming expertise or any experience with this type of matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you want to disable the protection at some point, you will be able to see all of the Internet sites which are protected within the very same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you notice that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the protection tool we've designed and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Once you switch on this function, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party Internet site as a substitute for your real images. You will only need to visit the Hotlink Protection section in the Control Panel and pick the domain or subdomain your site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it is as simple as that. When necessary, you will also have the option to enable the function for a particular subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the protection is as effortless - go back to the same section, check the box alongside the given Internet site and then click on the Delete button.

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