Hotlinking is a term that describes the inclusion of images on a particular website through direct links. If you have website A, for example, and someone creates site B and wishes to include a couple of images from your Internet site, they can either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they can simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Subsequently, whenever a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, as the images will load from your website hosting account. This process is typically used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

It will not require more than a number of mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink security function that we offer even if this is the first website hosting account you use, as all of our cloud website hosting include a very simple and easy-to-use tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it has the exact same intuitive point-and-click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to select the domain or subdomain you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you'd like to enable this function only for a specific site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you can easily disable the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given website and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We offer a simple solution to shield your content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you'll be able to benefit from it with a few mouse clicks. The usual way to enable server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to include a few directives within it. With the tool which you'll discover in the Hepsia CP, supplied with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to pick the website which you need to protect and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the needed content in it. You could also use this function for only one folder instead of the whole Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be switched on, you may disable it with one mouse click through the same section of your CP.