Hotlinking is an expression that represents the inclusion of images on a particular Internet site by using direct links. If you have website A, for instance, and an individual creates site B and wants to include a number of images from your Internet site, they can either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they may simply put links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, when a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images will load directly from your hosting account. This process is typically used for documents and other sorts of files also. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

Because our website hosting plans include a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you will be able to shield your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally only a couple of clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with such matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you will only have to pick the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. In addition, you may also pick if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, as our system will create an .htaccess file automatically in the needed location and will include the needed code within it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection will be listed inside the very same section, so you can disable this service for each of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you do not want other individuals to use your images on their websites without your permission, you could easily activate the hotlink protection function, which is available with all semi-dedicated server plans. As opposed to creating an .htaccess file yourself inside the site folder and writing some code within it, which is the standard method to deny direct linking to files, you can use a really simple tool, which we have integrated into the Hepsia CP. Using it, you'll simply have to choose the site which has to be secured and our system shall do the rest. Furthermore, you can make a decision whether the .htaccess file needs to be set up straight in the root folder or inside a subfolder, if you'd like to enable the hotlink protection function only for some content and not for the entire site. Stopping it is just as effortless - you'll only have to mark the checkbox alongside the respective Internet site and to click on the Delete button.