Hotlinking is an expression that identifies the addition of images on a given website using direct links. In case you have website A, for example, and a person creates site B and wishes to add a few images from your website, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their site or they may simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Consequently, when a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images shall load straight from your website hosting account. This approach is usually used for documents and other types of files as well. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you could limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

Since our shared website hosting plans include a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you will be able to defend your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than 2 mouse clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with this sort of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you'll just have to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Additionally, you can also pick if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and will add the required code within it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed within the same section, so you can easily disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you do not want other individuals to use your images on their sites without your consent, you may easily activate the hotlink security function, that's provided with all semi-dedicated server package deals. Instead of generating an .htaccess file yourself in the Internet site folder and writing some code in it, which is the common method to deny direct linking to files, you could use an exceedingly simple tool, which we have incorporated into the Hepsia CP. With it, you will simply need to pick the site which should be protected and our system will do the rest. Additionally, you can make a decision whether the .htaccess file should be created directly inside the root folder or within a subfolder, in case you want to activate the hotlink protection function just for some content and not for the entire Internet site. Disabling it is just as easy - you'll simply have to mark the checkbox beside the particular site and to click on the Delete button.