Hotlinking is a term that represents the addition of images on a given website via direct links. When you have site A, for instance, and an individual creates site B and wishes to include a number of images from your website, they can either save the images and then include them on their site or they could simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Thus, whenever a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images will load straight from your hosting account. This method is oftentimes used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you are able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

Due to the fact that our Linux website hosting feature a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to protect your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally only two clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with such matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you will only need to select the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Additionally, you can also pick if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and will add the needed code in it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed within the very same section, so that you can disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you notice that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the security tool which we have designed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. As soon as you switch on this feature, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party site in place of your actual images. You'll only need to go to the Hotlink Protection section inside the CP and choose the domain or subdomain which your site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it's as simple as that. If required, you'll also have the option to enable the function for a specific subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the function is as simple - return to exactly the same section, check the box next to the particular website and then press the Delete button.