Hotlinking is a term which describes the inclusion of images on a particular site through direct links. In case you have website A, for example, and a person creates website B and wants to add a few images from your Internet site, they could either save the images and then add them on their website or they can simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Consequently, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images will load from your web hosting account. This approach is usually used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

It won't require more than a couple of clicks to enable the hotlink protection function which we provide even if this is the first website hosting account you use, as all of our Linux hosting feature a simple and easy to work with tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it features the very same easy-to-use point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to select the domain or subdomain that you'd like to secure from a drop-down list. If you want to enable this feature only for a specific website folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you can disable the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that another person is linking to your files without your approval, you may easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection function we provide. While the common way to do that is to generate an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that is able to perform this automatically and you shall simply have to choose the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should set up the necessary file within the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom Hepsia CP and features the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no problems even if you have never used any hosting service before. You may disable the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a mouse click from the exact same section.