Hotlinking is a term which identifies the inclusion of images on a particular site using direct links. In case you have website A, for example, and a person creates website B and wishes to add a couple of images from your Internet site, they could either save the images and then include them on their site or they could simply place links on their website to the images on yours. Consequently, when a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, since the images will load directly from your website hosting account. This approach is oftentimes used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you could limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

Due to the fact that our shared hosting feature a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to defend your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally only a couple of clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with this sort of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you'll just have to select the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. In addition, you could also select if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, because our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and shall include the required code within it. All sites with active hotlink protection shall be listed within the very same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that somebody is linking to your files without your permission, you can easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security feature that we offer. While the conventional method of doing that is to set up an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that can easily do this automatically and you'll only have to select the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should set up the necessary file within the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom made Hepsia CP and has the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without issues even when you have never used any hosting service before. You are able to switch off the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a mouse click through the same section.