Hotlinking is an expression that refers to the inclusion of images on a particular site via direct links. If you have website A, for instance, and somebody creates website B and wishes to add a couple of images from your site, they can either save the images and then add them on their website or they may simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Thus, each time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images shall load directly from your hosting account. This approach is typically used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you can limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

Due to the fact that our cloud web hosting service feature a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to protect your content from appearing on third-party sites with literally no more than a couple of clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with such matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you'll only have to select the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Additionally, you may also choose if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You'll not have to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the desired location and shall add the necessary code inside it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed within exactly the same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide an effective solution to protect your entire content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you are able to benefit from it with a few mouse clicks. The common way for you to enable server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives in it. With the tool that you'll discover inside the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only need to select the site that you would like to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, including all the necessary content in it. You can also use this function for just one folder rather than the whole website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be enabled, you may deactivate it with a single click from the exact same section of your CP.