Hotlinking is an expression which describes the addition of images on a particular Internet site via direct links. When you have site A, for example, and an individual creates site B and wants to include a few images from your site, they could either save the images and then add them on their website or they may simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, each time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, since the images will load straight from your hosting account. This process is usually used for documents and other types 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 could restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

It will not take more than a couple of mouse clicks to activate the hotlink protection feature which we offer even if this is the first web hosting account which you use, since all of our Linux shared hosting service feature a rather simple and easy to work with tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it features the same exact intuitive point & click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to secure from a drop-down list. If you would like to enable this function only for a certain site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection will appear in this section and you can deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you don't want other people to use your images on their Internet sites without your consent, you could easily switch on the hotlink security feature, that's offered with all semi-dedicated server package deals. Rather than generating an .htaccess file manually in the Internet site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the common approach to deny direct linking to files, you can use an exceptionally simple tool, that we've integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. Using it, you'll only have to select the site that should be protected and our system shall do the rest. Also, you can determine if the .htaccess file should be set up directly within the root folder or within a subfolder, when you'd like to switch on the hotlink security feature just for some content and not for the whole website. Deactivating it is just as simple - you will only need to mark the checkbox alongside the specific website and to click on the Delete button.