Hotlinking is a term which identifies the addition of images on a particular site through the use of direct links. When you have site A, for example, and someone creates website B and wishes to add a few images from your site, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their site or they could simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Consequently, every time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images shall load directly from your website hosting account. This technique is typically used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

Since our cloud website hosting packages provide a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to protect your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than 2 clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this sort of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you will just have to select the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Optionally, you could also pick if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and will add the necessary code in it. All sites with active hotlink protection shall be listed in the exact same section, so you may disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you do not want others to use your images on their Internet sites without your approval, you can easily enable the hotlink protection feature, that's available with all semi-dedicated server package deals. Rather than generating an .htaccess file by hand in the Internet site folder and writing some code within it, which is the conventional method to deny direct linking to files, you may use a very simple tool, that we have integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. By using it, you'll simply need to choose the site which has to be protected and our system will do the rest. Moreover, you can choose if the .htaccess file needs to be generated directly within the root folder or within a subfolder, if you want to activate the hotlink security feature only for some content and not for the entire site. Deactivating it is just as easy - you will simply need to mark the checkbox alongside the specific Internet site and to click on the Delete button.