Hotlinking is an expression that describes the addition of images on a particular Internet site through the use of direct links. When you have website A, for instance, and an individual creates website B and wishes to include a few images from your website, they could either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they could simply put links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, each time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images will load straight from your web hosting account. This process is sometimes used for documents and other sorts of files also. If you wish to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

It will not take more than a number of clicks to switch on the hotlink protection function that we offer even if this is the very first web hosting account which you use, because all of our Linux web hosting include a rather simple and easy to work with tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it has the very same intuitive point-and-click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply need to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like 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 will appear inside this section and you can easily deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Our company offers a simple solution to secure your entire content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you could take advantage of it with just a few clicks. The common approach to enable server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives inside it. With the tool that you will find inside the Hepsia CP, provided with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to pick the site that you want to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all the needed content inside it. You could also use this feature for only one folder rather than the entire website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be active, you may disable it with one mouse click via the same exact section of your Control Panel.