Hotlinking is a term which identifies the inclusion of images on a given website through direct links. In case you have site A, for example, and someone creates site B and wants to add a few images from your site, they could either save the images and then include them on their site or they could simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Consequently, whenever a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images shall load from your hosting account. This method is usually used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you can limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

It won't require more than several clicks to switch on the hotlink security function which we offer you even if this is the 1st web hosting account that you use, due to the fact that all of our Linux shared web hosting service come with a quite simple and user-friendly tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it provides the same exact easy-to-use point & click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to enable this feature only for a particular Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you could turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you don't want other individuals to use your images on their websites without your approval, you may easily enable the hotlink protection feature, which is available with all semi-dedicated server packages. Rather than setting up an .htaccess file manually in the website folder and writing some code in it, which is the conventional way to deny direct linking to files, you could use an incredibly simple tool, that we've incorporated into the Hepsia CP. Using it, you'll only have to pick the site which needs to be protected and our system will do the rest. Moreover, you can determine whether the .htaccess file will be generated straight inside the root folder or within a subfolder, in case you'd like to activate the hotlink protection function just for some content and not for the entire website. Deactivating it is just as fast - you'll simply have to mark the checkbox alongside the specific website and to click on the Delete button.