Hotlinking is a term which identifies the inclusion of images on a given website via direct links. If you have website A, for instance, and an individual creates site B and wishes to add a number of images from your website, they could either save the images and then include them on their website or they can simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Thus, every time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images shall load from your web hosting account. This method is oftentimes used for documents and other sorts of files too. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you could limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

As our website hosting come with a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to defend your content from appearing on third-party websites with literally only a couple of mouse clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with this sort of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and when you open it, you will only have to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. Furthermore, you could also choose if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, because our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the needed location and will add the needed code inside it. All sites with active hotlink protection shall be listed within the exact same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you notice that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the protection tool which we have created and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. When you switch on this function, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party website as a substitute for your real images. You'll only have to visit the Hotlink Protection section in the CP and pick the domain or subdomain that your website uses from a practical drop-down menu - it's as simple as that. If necessary, you will also have the option to enable the feature only for a specific subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the feature is as easy - return to exactly the same section, check the box next to the particular website and then press the Delete button.