Hotlinking is a term which identifies the inclusion of images on a given website via direct links. In case you have website A, for example, and an individual creates site B and wants to add a number of images from your Internet site, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their website or they could simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Thus, each time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, since the images shall load directly from your website hosting account. This technique is sometimes used for documents and other types of files too. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

It shall not take more than a number of clicks to switch on the hotlink security feature we provide even if this is the 1st web hosting account that you use, as all of our hosting plans feature a rather simple and easy-to-use tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it provides the very same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply have to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you would like to activate this service only for a certain Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will appear within this section and you can deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox next to 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 sites without your consent, you could easily switch on the hotlink protection function, which is supplied with all semi-dedicated server plans. Instead of generating an .htaccess file yourself inside the site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the traditional way to deny direct linking to files, you may use a very simple tool, that we have included in the Hepsia Control Panel. By using it, you will simply need to choose the Internet site that needs to be protected and our system shall do the rest. Also, you can choose if the .htaccess file will be set up directly inside the root folder or inside a subfolder, when you would like to switch on the hotlink protection function just for some content and not for the entire website. Disabling it is just as fast - you will only need to mark the checkbox next to the particular website and to click on the Delete button.