Hotlinking is a term which represents the inclusion of images on a given Internet site by using direct links. In case you have site A, for example, and someone creates site B and wishes to add a number of images from your site, they are able to 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. Subsequently, when a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, since the images will load straight from your hosting account. This approach is typically used for documents and other sorts 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 could limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

It won't take more than a few clicks to activate the hotlink protection feature we offer you even if this is the 1st web hosting account which you use, because all our Linux web hosting feature a rather simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it has the same easy-to-use point & click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to enable this feature only for a specific site folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you can deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given website and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide you with an effective solution to protect your entire content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you could take advantage of it with a couple of mouse clicks. The conventional technique to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives within it. With the tool that you will find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, supplied with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply have to choose the website that you want to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all of the essential content in it. You could also use this function for just one folder instead of the entire website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be switched on, you'll be able to disable it with one mouse click via the very same section of your CP.