Hotlinking is an expression that refers to the inclusion of images on a particular Internet site by using direct links. In case you have site A, for example, and a person creates website B and wants to include a number of images from your site, they're able to either save the images and then add them on their website or they can simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Subsequently, whenever a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images will load directly from your hosting account. This technique is usually used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you could limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

Because our cloud web hosting services provide a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to protect your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally just 2 mouse clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this kind of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you'll just have to select the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Additionally, you may also pick if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and will add the necessary code within it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed inside the very same section, so you can easily disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you do not want others to use your images on their Internet sites without your consent, you may easily activate the hotlink security feature, that's provided with all semi-dedicated server plans. Instead of generating an .htaccess file manually in the Internet site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the traditional approach to deny direct linking to files, you could use an exceedingly simple tool, that we have included in the Hepsia CP. With it, you'll only have to choose the site which needs to be secured and our system will do the rest. Optionally, you can determine whether the .htaccess file needs to be created straight in the root folder or inside a subfolder, when you would like to switch on the hotlink protection function only for some content and not for the entire Internet site. Deactivating it is just as easy - you'll only need to mark the checkbox next to the specific website and to click on the Delete button.