Hotlinking is an expression which represents the addition of images on a given site through the use of direct links. When you have site A, for example, and someone creates site B and wants to include a number of images from your site, they are able to either save the images and then add them on their website or they can simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Thus, whenever a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images will load from your website hosting account. This approach is sometimes used for documents and other types of files as well. 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 capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

There's a simple way of preventing the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we also offer a very intuitive tool that will permit you to enable the protection with just a few clicks and without typing any code. The tool could be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all our shared hosting plans and the only 2 things which you will have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection has to be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else manually on your end. If you wish to turn off the hotlink protection option sometime, you'll just have to come back to exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to click on the Delete button.