Hotlinking is an expression which identifies the inclusion of images on a given website using direct links. When you have website A, for example, and an individual creates website B and wants to add a few images from your website, they could either save the images and then include them on their website or they can simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Consequently, when a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, as the images shall load from your web hosting account. This method is usually used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you'd like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

Due to the fact that our Linux shared website hosting packages include a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to secure your content from showing on third-party sites with literally only a couple of mouse clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with such matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and when you open it, you'll just need to select the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. Optionally, you can also pick if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You shall not need to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically in the preferred location and shall add the necessary code inside it. All sites with active hotlink protection shall be listed inside the same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.