Hotlinking is an expression which represents the inclusion of images on a particular website via direct links. When you have website A, for instance, and a person creates site B and wishes to add a number of images from your Internet site, they could either save the images and then add them on their site or they can simply place links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, every time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, since the images will load directly from your website hosting account. This technique is usually used for documents and other types 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'll be able to limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

It will not require more than a few clicks to activate the hotlink protection function that we provide even if this is the very first website hosting account which you use, because all of our Linux shared website hosting packages come with a rather simple and easy to work with tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply have to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to enable this feature only for a specific site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you can deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We offer a simple solution to shield your content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you can take full advantage of it with a few mouse clicks. The common way to enable server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives inside it. With the tool which you'll discover inside the Hepsia CP, supplied with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply have to select the Internet site which you intend to protect and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the needed content in it. You could also use this function for just one folder as opposed to the whole site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be switched on, you can deactivate it with one click via the exact same section of your CP.