Hotlinking is a term which identifies the addition of images on a particular Internet site by using direct links. When you have site A, for example, and someone creates website B and wishes to add a number of images from your Internet site, they could either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they could simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Consequently, each time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, as the images shall load directly from your web hosting account. This method is oftentimes 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 website hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

It shall not require more than a couple of clicks to activate the hotlink protection function which we offer you even if this is the first web hosting account that you use, as all of our Linux shared website hosting come with a simple and easy to work with tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it provides the exact same intuitive point & click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only need to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to activate this function only for a specific website folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you could turn off the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given website and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that someone is linking to your files without your authorization, you may easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection feature that we offer. While the common technique of doing this is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that can easily execute this automatically and you shall only need to pick the Internet site in question and to choose whether our system should create the necessary file inside the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and has the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any issues even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You'll be able to disable the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a mouse click from the exact same section.