Hotlinking is an expression which identifies the inclusion of images on a particular website through the use of direct links. When you have site A, for instance, and somebody creates website B and wants to add a couple of images from your website, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their site or they could simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Subsequently, whenever a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, as the images shall load directly from your website hosting account. This approach is oftentimes used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you'd like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you are able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

It won't require more than a couple of clicks to enable the hotlink protection feature that we provide even if this is the very first website hosting account you use, due to the fact that all our shared website hosting plans include a very simple and easy-to-use tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it has the same easy-to-use point & click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this service only for a particular site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection will appear within this section and you can turn off the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that someone is linking to your files without your approval, you will be able to easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security feature which we offer you. While the conventional technique of doing this is to create an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool that can easily execute this automatically and you shall simply have to choose the Internet site in question and to determine whether our system should create the necessary file within the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and features the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without problems even if you have never used any web hosting service before. You may deactivate the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a click from the exact same section.