Hotlinking is a term that identifies the addition of images on a particular site through the use of direct links. When you have website A, for example, and an individual creates site B and wishes to add a number of images from your Internet site, they could either save the images and then include them on their site or they may 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 site A, since the images shall load straight from your website hosting account. This approach is oftentimes used for documents and other sorts of files also. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

It shall not take more than a couple of mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink security function that we provide even if this is the first web hosting account that you use, because all our shared website hosting feature a very simple and easy-to-use 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 same exact easy-to-use point-and-click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply have to select the domain or subdomain you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you wish to switch on this feature only for a specific Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear in 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 Servers

We provide you with a simple solution to secure your content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you are able to benefit from it with a few clicks. The common way to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a few directives in it. With the tool which you'll find in the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to choose the site that you need to secure and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all the needed content within it. You may also use this feature for only one folder as opposed to the entire site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be enabled, you can deactivate it with just one mouse click via the very same section of your CP.