Hotlinking is a term which identifies the addition of images on a particular Internet site through the use of direct links. If you have website A, for instance, and someone creates site B and wants to include a couple of images from your Internet site, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they can simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Consequently, whenever a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, as the images shall load directly from your website hosting account. This method is oftentimes used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you'd like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website 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

There is a method for preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally give you a very helpful tool that will allow you to enable the protection with just a few clicks and without writing any code. The tool may be accessed via the Hepsia CP, which comes with all our Linux cloud website hosting services and the only 2 things which you'll need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection should be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you shall not have to do anything else personally on your end. If you want to disable the hotlink protection option at one point, you'll just have to return to exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide you with a simple solution to protect your content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you'll be able to benefit from it with just a few mouse clicks. The usual technique to activate server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives in it. With the tool which you'll discover within the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to select the Internet site that you want to secure and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, including all of the essential content inside it. You can even use this function for just one folder rather than the entire Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be active, you may disable it with a single click from the same exact section of your Control Panel.