Hotlinking is an expression which describes the inclusion of images on a given website by using direct links. In case you have website A, for example, and somebody creates site B and wishes to add a few images from your Internet site, they could either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they could simply place links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, each time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images shall load directly from your web hosting account. This approach is oftentimes used for documents and other types of files too. If you'd like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

As our cloud web hosting feature a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you will be able to protect your content from showing on third-party websites with literally just 2 mouse clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this kind of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you will just have to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Furthermore, you could also choose if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You will not need to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the desired location and will include the necessary code inside it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed inside exactly the same section, so you can easily disable this service for each of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you don't want others to use your images on their Internet sites without your consent, you could easily enable the hotlink security function, that is offered with all semi-dedicated server package deals. Rather than setting up an .htaccess file manually inside the Internet site folder and writing some code in it, which is the conventional approach to deny direct linking to files, you could use an exceptionally simple tool, which we've included in the Hepsia Control Panel. With it, you'll only have to pick the site that has to be secured and our system shall do the rest. Furthermore, you can make a decision if the .htaccess file should be created straight inside the root folder or inside a subfolder, when you want to enable the hotlink protection function just for some content and not for the entire Internet site. Stopping it is just as effortless - you will simply need to mark the checkbox next to the specific website and to click on the Delete button.