Hotlinking is an expression which describes the inclusion of images on a given Internet site through the use of direct links. If you have website A, for example, and an individual creates website B and wishes to add a number of images from your site, they could either save the images and then add them on their website or they could 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 website A, since the images will load straight from your website hosting account. This technique 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 web hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

It will not require more than a number of clicks to activate the hotlink protection feature which we offer you even if this is the first hosting account you use, because all of our Linux shared web hosting packages include a quite simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it provides the exact same easy-to-use point & click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply need to choose the domain or subdomain you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you want to switch on this service only for a specific site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you can disable the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you don't want other people to use your images on their Internet sites without your consent, you can easily activate the hotlink protection feature, which is offered with all semi-dedicated server plans. As opposed to creating an .htaccess file yourself within the website folder and writing some code within it, which is the conventional way to deny direct linking to files, you can use an exceptionally simple tool, that we have integrated into the Hepsia CP. By using it, you'll only need to pick the Internet site which should be secured and our system will do the rest. Also, you can make a decision if the .htaccess file needs to be created straight within the root folder or in a subfolder, when you want to enable the hotlink protection feature only for some content and not for the entire site. Disabling it is just as easy - you will simply need to mark the checkbox beside the particular Internet site and to click on the Delete button.