Hotlinking is an expression which represents the addition of images on a given website by using direct links. When you have site A, for instance, and an individual creates site B and wishes to add a number of images from your website, they can either save the images and then add them on their website or they could simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Thus, whenever a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images will load from your web hosting account. This process is oftentimes used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

It will not take more than several clicks to activate the hotlink security function that we offer you even if this is the 1st hosting account you use, as all our Linux shared hosting packages come with a simple and easy to work with tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the exact same intuitive point-and-click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to 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 wish to enable this feature only for a specific site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection will appear in this section and you could deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We offer an effective solution to protect your entire content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you can take advantage of it with a couple of clicks. The common 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 that you'll find within the Hepsia CP, supplied with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to select the site that you intend to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the essential content within it. You may also use this option for only one folder as opposed to the whole site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be enabled, you could disable it with one click through the same section of your Control Panel.