Hotlinking is an expression that refers to the inclusion of images on a particular Internet site by using direct links. When you have website A, for instance, and an individual creates website B and wishes to add a couple of images from your site, they could either save the images and then include them on their website or they may simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Subsequently, each time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images shall load straight from your web hosting account. This process is sometimes used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you can limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

Due to the fact that our shared web hosting services feature a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to defend your content from displaying on third-party websites with literally just 2 clicks, even if you don't have much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you'll only need to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Furthermore, you can also choose if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, because our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and will include the necessary code inside it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed within the exact same section, so you can disable this service for each of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Our company offers an effective solution to secure your whole content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you can take advantage of it with a few clicks. The common way for you to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives within it. With the tool which you'll find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only need to select the website that you would like to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all the required content in it. You can also use this function for only one folder instead of the whole website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be enabled, you could disable it with one click from the same exact section of your CP.