Hotlinking is a term which describes the inclusion of images on a given website through the use of direct links. When you have site A, for instance, and someone creates site B and wants to add a number of images from your Internet site, they can either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they can simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, each time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images shall load straight from your website hosting account. This process is typically used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you create an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but just in case you do not have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all website hosting packages we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be activated in two basic steps - select the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the primary folder or within a subfolder and you will be all set. You don't need any programming capabilities or any experience with this sort of matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to turn off the protection eventually, you could see all of the sites which are protected in the exact same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button beside each of them.