Hotlinking is a term which represents the addition of images on a particular website by using direct links. If you have site A, for example, and somebody creates website B and wishes to add a number of images from your website, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their site or they may simply place links on their website to the images on yours. Thus, when a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images will load straight from your website hosting account. This technique is usually used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you wish to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

Because our Linux web hosting packages include a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to shield your content from appearing on third-party sites with literally only two mouse clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this type of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you'll just have to select the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Additionally, you can also choose if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You won't have to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the preferred location and shall include the required code within it. All sites with active hotlink protection will be listed inside exactly the same section, so you may disable this service for each of them with just a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you do not want others to use your images on their sites without your approval, you can easily switch on the hotlink protection function, which is provided with all semi-dedicated server packages. Rather than creating an .htaccess file yourself within the Internet site folder and writing some code within it, which is the conventional way to deny direct linking to files, you may use an exceedingly simple tool, which we have included in the Hepsia CP. From it, you will simply need to pick the website that should be protected and our system shall do the rest. Optionally, you can choose whether the .htaccess file needs to be created straight inside the root folder or within a subfolder, when you would like to switch on the hotlink protection function only for some content and not for the entire website. Stopping it is just as fast - you will only need to mark the checkbox beside the respective site and to click on the Delete button.