Hotlinking is an expression that identifies the addition of images on a particular Internet site through direct links. If you have site A, for example, and someone creates website B and wants to add a few images from your website, they're able to either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they may simply put links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, since the images will load from your website hosting account. This technique is sometimes used for documents and other sorts of files as well. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you could limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

It shall not take more than a few mouse clicks to activate the hotlink protection function which we provide even if this is the 1st website hosting account you use, since all our Linux shared web hosting come with a simple and easy to work with tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it has the very same easy-to-use point & click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only need to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you'd like to activate this service only for a certain site folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection shall appear within this section and you could deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that another person is linking to your files without your authorization, you could easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection feature which we offer you. While the regular method of doing that is to generate an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which can easily do this automatically and you will only have to pick the site in question and to choose whether our system should set up the required file within the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and offers the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no issues even if you have never used any web hosting service before. You could disable the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click through the same section.