Hotlinking is an expression that describes the addition of images on a given website by using direct links. When you have site A, for example, and a person creates site B and wishes to add a number of images from your website, they're able to either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they can simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, when a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images shall load straight from your hosting account. This process is usually used for documents and other sorts 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'll be able to limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

Since our Linux shared hosting provide a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to protect your content from displaying on third-party sites with literally just a couple of clicks, even if you don't have much experience with this type of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you will just have to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Additionally, you may also pick if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, due to the fact that our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and shall add the needed code inside it. All sites with active hotlink protection will be listed in exactly the same section, so you may disable this service for each of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that somebody is linking to your files without your consent, you can easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection function we offer you. While the common way to do that is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which is able to perform this automatically and you'll simply have to choose the website in question and to choose whether our system should generate the required file within the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and has exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without difficulties even if you have never used any hosting service before. You can switch off the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click through the exact same section.