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Hotlinking is an expression which represents the inclusion of images on a particular website via direct links. In case you have site A, for instance, and somebody creates site B and wishes to include a couple of images from your Internet site, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they could simply place links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, when a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images will load from your web hosting account. This method is usually used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you could limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you create an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all shared web hosting packages which we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be turned on in 2 basic steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the main folder or within a subfolder and you will be good to go. You do not need any coding expertise or any experience with this type of matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to disable the protection at some point, you could see all the sites which are protected inside the same section of the CP with a Delete button beside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that someone is linking to your files without your authorization, you may easily cut them off by activating the hotlink protection feature we provide. While the common method of doing this is to create an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool that can execute this automatically and you will simply have to select the site in question and to determine whether our system should create the needed file inside the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our customized Hepsia Control Panel and features the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any complications even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You could deactivate the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click from exactly the same section.