Hotlinking is an expression which represents the addition of images on a particular Internet site by using direct links. When you have website A, for example, and somebody creates website B and wishes to include a few images from your site, they can either save the images and then include them on their site or they can simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, when a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images shall load from your website hosting account. This approach is typically used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

It shall not take more than a couple of clicks to enable the hotlink security function which we provide even if this is the very first web hosting account which you use, because all our Linux cloud website hosting come with a very simple and easy-to-use tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it features the same exact intuitive point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to choose the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to enable this function only for a particular website folder, you've got the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection shall appear within this section and you could disable the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that somebody is linking to your files without your authorization, you could easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection feature that we offer. While the typical technique of doing that is to set up an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which is able to execute this automatically and you will only need to select the site in question and to decide whether our system should set up the necessary file inside the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is an element of our customized Hepsia Control Panel and provides exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without issues even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You are able to disable the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a click through exactly the same section.