Hotlinking is an expression which describes the addition of images on a particular site using direct links. In case you have website A, for example, and a person creates website B and wishes to add a number of images from your website, they can either save the images and then include them on their site or they could simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Subsequently, each time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, as the images will load from your web hosting account. This method is usually used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you'd like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you are able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

Due to the fact that our Linux shared website hosting include a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to protect your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally only two mouse clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this sort of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you will just need to choose the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Additionally, you can also select if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You'll not have to do anything else, because our system will create an .htaccess file automatically in the needed location and will add the necessary code in it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed in the same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that someone is linking to your files without your permission, you will be able to easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection feature we provide. While the standard technique of doing this is to generate an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can execute this automatically and you shall only need to choose the Internet site in question and to determine whether our system should generate the required file inside the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is an element 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 hosting service before. You are able to switch off the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a click from the exact same section.