Hotlinking is an expression which identifies the addition of images on a given website via direct links. When you have website A, for example, and an individual creates site B and wants to include a number of images from your website, they could either save the images and then add them on their site or they could simply put links on their site to the images on yours. Consequently, every time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, since the images shall load directly from your web hosting account. This method is usually used for documents and other types of files as well. If you'd like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

Since our web hosting come with a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you will be able to secure your content from showing on third-party websites with literally only 2 clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with this type of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you'll only need to select the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Optionally, you may also choose if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You won't have to do anything else, due to the fact that our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the preferred location and will add the required code within it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed inside the same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that someone is linking to your files without your consent, you could easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security function that we offer you. While the regular method of doing that is to generate an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can do this automatically and you'll only need to select the website in question and to decide whether our system should set up the needed file within the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia CP and offers the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any complications even if you have never used any hosting service before. You'll be able to turn off the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a mouse click through the exact same section.