Hotlinking is an expression that refers to the inclusion of images on a particular website via direct links. When you have site A, for example, and a person creates website B and wants to add a number of images from your website, they could either save the images and then include them on their site or they may simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Thus, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images will load from your website hosting account. This approach is typically used for documents and other kinds 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 could limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

There's a simple way to avoid the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore provide a very easy-to-use tool that will permit you to enable the protection with a few mouse clicks and without typing any code. The tool may be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all our Linux website hosting packages and the only 2 things which you'll have to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection must be enabled for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't need to do anything else manually on your end. If you want to disable the hotlink protection option eventually, you'll just need to return to the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to click on the Delete button.