Hotlinking is a term that refers to the inclusion of images on a given site through the use of direct links. If you have site A, for example, and somebody creates website B and wishes to add a couple of images from your website, they can either save the images and then include them on their website or they can simply place links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, whenever a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images will load straight from your web hosting account. This approach is usually used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you are able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

Due to the fact that our cloud website hosting plans provide a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to defend your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally just 2 clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with such matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you will only need to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Furthermore, you may also pick if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You shall not need to do anything else, due to the fact that our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the preferred location and shall add the necessary code in it. All websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed within the same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide you with a simple solution to secure your whole content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you can take advantage of it with a few clicks. The standard way to enable server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives inside it. With the tool which you'll find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to pick the site that you would like to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the essential content inside it. You may also use this feature for just one folder as opposed to the entire site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be switched on, you can disable it with a single click from the same exact section of your CP.