Hotlinking is a term that refers to the addition of images on a given website through the use of direct links. In case you have website A, for example, and someone creates website B and wants to include a number of images from your site, they can either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they can simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Thus, whenever a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, as the images will load directly from your website hosting account. This method is sometimes used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

Due to the fact that our shared hosting provide a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to protect your content from displaying on third-party sites with literally just two clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this kind of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you will only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Additionally, you could also choose if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You shall not need to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and shall include the necessary code within it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed within the same section, so you can disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide an effective solution to secure your whole content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you'll be able to take full advantage of it with just a few clicks. The common technique to enable server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives within it. With the tool that you will find in the Hepsia Control Panel, supplied with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to choose the Internet site that you would like to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all of the necessary content inside it. You could also use this function for just one folder as opposed to the entire Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be switched on, you can disable it with a single mouse click through the same exact section of your CP.