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

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

Due to the fact that our cloud website hosting service include a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to protect your content from appearing on third-party sites with literally just 2 clicks, even if you do not have much experience with such matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you'll just have to select the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Optionally, you can also choose if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, as our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and will include the needed code within it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed within exactly the same section, so you can disable this service for any of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide you with an uncomplicated solution to protect your content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you could benefit from it with just a few mouse clicks. The usual technique to activate server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to include a few directives in it. With the tool which you'll find within the Hepsia Control Panel, supplied with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply 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 can also use this feature for just one folder instead of the entire site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be enabled, you can deactivate it with one mouse click via the very same section of your Control Panel.