Hotlinking is a term that describes the addition of images on a particular site through the use of direct links. In case you have website A, for instance, and somebody creates site B and wants to include a number of images from your website, 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. As a result, each time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images shall load straight from your website hosting account. This process is typically used for documents and other types of files too. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you can 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 few clicks to enable the hotlink protection function we offer even if this is the very first web hosting account that you use, as all our cloud website hosting plans come with a rather simple and user-friendly tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it offers the exact same easy-to-use point & click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you'd like to enable this service only for a specific website folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection will appear within this section and you can easily disable the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that another person is linking to your files without your permission, you can easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection feature which we offer. While the regular method of doing that is to set up an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which can perform this automatically and you will only need to select the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should create the necessary file within the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and offers exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any difficulties even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You may disable the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a mouse click through exactly the same section.