Hotlinking is an expression that represents the addition of images on a given website by using direct links. When you have site A, for example, and an individual creates site B and wishes to include a number of images from your Internet site, they can either save the images and then include them on their website or they could simply put links on their site to the images on yours. Thus, whenever a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images shall load directly from your hosting account. This approach is oftentimes used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

It won't require more than a number of clicks to enable the hotlink protection function which we offer you even if this is the first hosting account you use, as all of our cloud website hosting plans come with a simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it provides the exact same intuitive point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only need to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you would like to enable this service only for a specific Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear within this section and you could disable the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given website and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that somebody is linking to your files without your approval, you could easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink protection feature which we offer. While the regular technique of doing this is to generate an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which can perform this automatically and you shall only have to select the website in question and to determine whether our system should generate the required file in the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and offers the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no difficulties even in case you have never used any web hosting service before. You'll be able to switch off the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a click through the exact same section.