Hotlinking is a term which refers to the inclusion of images on a given site through the use of direct links. In case you have site A, for instance, and somebody creates site B and wishes to add a few images from your Internet site, they can either save the images and then include them on their website or they may simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Subsequently, whenever a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images shall load from your website hosting account. This process is oftentimes used for documents and other types of files also. If you wish to prevent 3rd 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 websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

Because our cloud hosting plans provide a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you will be able to protect your content from appearing on third-party websites with literally just a couple of mouse clicks, even if you don't have much experience with this type of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you will just need to pick the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Optionally, you can also select if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You won't have to do anything else, due to the fact that our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the desired location and shall include the required code in it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed inside exactly the same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you don't want other people to use your images on their websites without your permission, you could easily activate the hotlink security feature, that's supplied with all semi-dedicated server plans. As opposed to setting up an .htaccess file yourself in the Internet site folder and writing some code in it, which is the common approach to deny direct linking to files, you may use a very simple tool, which we have incorporated into the Hepsia Control Panel. By using it, you'll only need to select the site which should be protected and our system will do the rest. Furthermore, you can determine if the .htaccess file will be created straight inside the root folder or in a subfolder, if you want to switch on the hotlink security feature just for some content and not for the whole site. Deactivating it is just as fast - you will simply need to mark the checkbox next to the particular website and to click on the Delete button.