Hotlinking is an expression that refers to the addition of images on a particular website by using direct links. When you have website A, for example, and an individual 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 website or they may simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Subsequently, each time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images will load straight from your hosting account. This technique 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 website hosting account’s resources, you are able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

As our cloud plans feature a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you will be able to defend your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than two mouse clicks, even if you do not have much experience with such matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and when you open it, you'll just have to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. In addition, you can also choose if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the preferred location and shall add the required code within it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed within exactly the same section, so you can easily disable this service for any of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide you with an effective solution to shield your content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you could take advantage of it with a few mouse clicks. The conventional approach to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives inside it. With the tool which you'll discover in the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to choose the website that you intend to secure and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, adding all the required content inside it. You may also use this option for only one folder instead of the entire website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be enabled, you can disable it with one click through the exact same section of your Control Panel.