Hotlinking is a term that describes the inclusion of images on a particular site via direct links. When you have site A, for example, and an individual creates website B and wishes to add a number of images from your Internet site, they are able to either save the images and then add them on their website or they can simply put links on their site to the images on yours. Consequently, whenever a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images shall load straight from your web hosting account. This process is oftentimes 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 web hosting account’s resources, you could limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

Since our Linux shared hosting include a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to secure your content from showing on third-party websites with literally no more than 2 mouse clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with such matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you will only need to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Furthermore, you may also choose if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You will not need to do anything else, because our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the desired location and shall include the needed code inside it. All sites with active hotlink protection shall be listed in the same section, so you can easily disable this service for any of them with just a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that someone is linking to your files without your authorization, you will be able to easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection feature which we provide. While the conventional way to do this is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which can perform this automatically and you shall simply have to choose the Internet site in question and to choose whether our system should create the needed file inside the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom made Hepsia CP and offers exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no issues even if you have never used any website hosting service before. You are able to disable the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a mouse click from the exact same section.