Hotlinking is an expression which describes the inclusion of images on a particular website by using direct links. In case you have website A, for instance, and a person creates site B and wants to include a couple of images from your website, they can either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they may simply place links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, each time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, since the images shall load from your website hosting account. This method is usually used for documents and other types of files too. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you can restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

It shall not take more than a number of clicks to switch on the hotlink security feature which we offer you even if this is the 1st web hosting account you use, as all of our shared hosting plans include a simple and easy to work with tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it provides the very same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only need to pick the domain or subdomain you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you'd like to activate this feature only for a specific Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you can easily turn off the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given website and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide you with an uncomplicated solution to protect your whole content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you'll be able to take full advantage of it with a couple of mouse clicks. The standard technique to activate server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives within it. With the tool that you will find within the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply have to choose the website that you would like to protect and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, including all the required content in it. You could also use this function for just one folder instead of the whole site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be active, you could disable it with one mouse click through the exact same section of your Control Panel.