Hotlinking is a term which represents the addition of images on a given Internet site by using direct links. When you have website A, for example, and someone creates website B and wants to add a couple of images from your site, they can either save the images and then add them on their website or they may simply place links on their website to the images on yours. Thus, when a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, since the images shall load from your website hosting account. This technique is usually used for documents and other types of files too. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

As our website hosting feature a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to secure your content from appearing on third-party sites with literally just a couple of mouse clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this sort of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you'll only need to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. In addition, you could also select if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and will add the necessary code inside it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection will be listed within the same section, so you can easily disable this service for any of them with just a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that somebody is linking to your files without your authorization, you may easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security function which we provide. While the regular way to do this is to set up an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which is able to perform this automatically and you will only have to choose the Internet site in question and to choose whether our system should create the necessary file within the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and has the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any complications even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You may disable the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a click from the exact same section.