Hotlinking is an expression which refers to the addition of images on a particular site through the use of direct links. When you have site A, for instance, and an individual creates website B and wants to add a number of images from your website, they could either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they can simply place links on their website to the images on yours. Consequently, every time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images will load straight from your website hosting account. This method is oftentimes used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

There's a simple method for preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore offer a very time and effort saving tool that will permit you to activate the protection with a couple of mouse clicks and without typing any code. The tool can be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all our Linux web hosting and the only two things which you will have to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection needs to be enabled for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't have to do anything else by hand on your end. If you choose to turn off the hotlink protection option eventually, you'll simply have to revisit the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to press the Delete button.