Hotlinking is an expression which identifies the inclusion of images on a given Internet site by using direct links. If you have website A, for example, and an individual creates site B and wants to include a couple of images from your site, they can either save the images and then add them on their site or they could simply put links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, every time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, since the images will load directly from your hosting account. This process is sometimes used for documents and other types of files also. If you'd like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

There is a way to avoid the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally give you a very helpful tool that will allow you to enable the protection with a few mouse clicks and without inputting any code. The tool can be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all our cloud web hosting plans and the only 2 things that you will need to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection has to be enabled for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you won't have to do anything else manually on your end. If you choose to turn off the hotlink protection option at some point, you'll simply have to revisit the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to click on the Delete button.