Hotlinking is an expression which identifies the inclusion of images on a given website through the use of direct links. In case you have site A, for instance, and an individual creates website B and wishes to add a couple of images from your site, they can either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they may simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Subsequently, when a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images shall load from your website hosting account. This process is sometimes used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you wish to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

Because our website hosting come with a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you will be able to defend your content from appearing on third-party websites 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 Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you will only need to select the domain or subdomain you want to protect. In addition, you could also choose if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, because our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the preferred location and will include the required code inside it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed inside the very same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with just a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that somebody is linking to your files without your permission, you may easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink protection feature that we offer you. While the conventional technique of doing this is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that can do this automatically and you will only need to choose the Internet site in question and to determine whether our system should set up the necessary file in the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia CP and provides the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without difficulties even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You can turn off the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click through exactly the same section.