Hotlinking is a term which refers to the inclusion of images on a given Internet site via direct links. In case you have website A, for example, and someone creates website B and wishes to add a couple of images from your Internet site, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their website or they could simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Thus, whenever a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images will load straight from your hosting account. This method is sometimes used for documents and other types of files too. If you wish to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

As our hosting service include a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally only two mouse clicks, even if you don't have much experience with this kind of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you'll just need to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. Optionally, you could also choose if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the preferred location and will include the required code in it. All sites with active hotlink protection will be listed inside exactly the same section, so that you can disable this service for any of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you don't want other individuals to use your images on their websites without your consent, you could easily enable the hotlink protection feature, that is supplied with all semi-dedicated server plans. As opposed to creating an .htaccess file by hand within the Internet site folder and writing some code within it, which is the common way to deny direct linking to files, you could use a really simple tool, that we've integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. From it, you'll simply need to choose the Internet site that has to be secured and our system will do the rest. Also, you can choose if the .htaccess file will be created straight inside the root folder or within a subfolder, in case you want to activate the hotlink security function only for some content and not for the entire website. Stopping it is just as fast - you'll simply need to mark the checkbox beside the specific site and to click on the Delete button.