Hotlinking is a term that describes the inclusion of images on a particular site through the use of direct links. If you have website A, for example, and a person creates site B and wants to add a number of images from your site, they can either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they may simply put links on their site to the images on yours. Consequently, when a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images will load directly from your hosting account. This method is usually used for documents and other types of files also. If you wish to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you can limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting
You can easily protect your content if you create an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all shared website hosting packages we offer and can be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be turned on in two easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the primary folder or in a subfolder and you shall be all set. You don't need any computer programming skills or any experience with this type of matters, because there shall be nothing else to do. If you would like to disable the protection at some point, you could see all the sites that are protected within the exact same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each one of them.