Hotlinking is a term that represents the addition of images on a given site using direct links. In case you have website A, for example, and an individual creates website B and wishes to add a couple of images from your Internet site, they can either save the images and then add them on their site or they can simply put links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images will load directly from your website hosting account. This process is usually used for documents and other kinds of files as well. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you could limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

Because our Linux shared packages provide a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you will be able to protect your content from appearing on third-party websites with literally just a couple of clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this type of 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 that you would like to protect. In addition, you may also choose if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You shall not need to do anything else, as our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the desired location and will include the required code within it. All websites with active hotlink protection will be listed within the same section, so that you can disable this service for any of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Our company offers an uncomplicated solution to protect your whole content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you could take full advantage of it with a few mouse clicks. The common way for you to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a few directives inside it. With the tool which you'll find in the Hepsia CP, supplied with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply have to pick the site that you would like to protect and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, including all the essential content within it. You can also use this feature for just one folder as opposed to the whole Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be enabled, you may deactivate it with one mouse click via the same exact section of your Control Panel.