Hotlinking is a term that describes the inclusion of images on a particular site via direct links. In case you have website A, for instance, and someone creates website B and wishes to add a few images from your site, they could either save the images and then include them on their site or they can simply put links on their site to the images on yours. Thus, when a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images will load straight from your web hosting account. This method is usually used for documents and other types of files as well. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

It will not require more than a couple of mouse clicks to enable the hotlink security function which we offer you even if this is the 1st web hosting account you use, as all of our hosting plans feature a rather simple and user-friendly tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it provides the same exact easy-to-use point-and-click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply have to select the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you would like to switch on this feature only for a specific site folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will appear within this section and you could deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide you with an uncomplicated solution to shield your entire content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you could take full advantage of it with a few mouse clicks. The standard 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'll discover in the Hepsia CP, offered with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply have to choose the Internet site which you intend to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the necessary content inside it. You can even use this feature for just one folder instead of the entire Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be enabled, you'll be able to disable it with a single mouse click through the same section of your CP.