Hotlinking is an expression which refers to the inclusion of images on a particular website through direct links. If you have website A, for example, and somebody creates website B and wishes to include a few images from your Internet site, they are able to either save the images and then add them on their website or they may simply place links on their website to the images on yours. Consequently, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, since the images shall load from your hosting account. This approach is usually used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you wish to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

Due to the fact that our cloud hosting include a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to defend your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than a couple of mouse clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with this kind of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you will only have to select the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. In addition, you could also pick if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, because our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and shall include the necessary code within it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed within the same section, so you may disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you discover that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the protection tool which we have created and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Once you enable this option, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party site rather than your real images. You'll only have to visit the Hotlink Protection section in the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain that your website uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it's as simple as that. If necessary, you shall also have the option to activate the feature only for a particular subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the function is equally effortless - return to the exact same section, check the box alongside the specific Internet site and then press the Delete button.