Hotlinking is a term which describes the inclusion of images on a given website through direct links. If you have site A, for instance, and a person creates site B and wishes to add a couple of images from your website, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they may simply put links on their site to the images on yours. Consequently, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, as the images will load directly from your hosting account. This process is oftentimes used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you'd like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you can limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

Due to the fact that our shared website hosting plans provide a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party websites with literally no more than two mouse clicks, even if you don't have much experience with such matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you will just need to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect. In addition, you may also choose if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the needed location and shall add the necessary code within it. All websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed in the very same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you discover that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the security tool we have created and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. When you activate this function, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site as a substitute for your real images. You will only need to go to the Hotlink Protection section inside the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain your website uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it's as simple as that. If needed, you'll also have the option to enable the feature just for a particular subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the function is equally simple - return to the very same section, check the box alongside the specific website and then click on the Delete button.