Hotlinking is an expression that refers to the addition of images on a given Internet site via direct links. If you have website A, for example, and an individual creates site B and wishes to add a few images from your site, they are able to either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they could simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, each time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, as the images shall load straight from your web hosting account. This approach is sometimes used for documents and other kinds of files as well. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you can limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

It won't require more than a couple of clicks to switch on the hotlink security feature which we offer even if this is the first hosting account which you use, due to the fact that all of our shared web hosting plans come with a quite simple and easy to work with tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it has the exact same intuitive point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to choose the domain or subdomain you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you'd like to enable this service only for a particular site folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you will be able to turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you don't want others to use your images on their websites without your consent, you could easily switch on the hotlink security feature, that's supplied with all semi-dedicated server package deals. As an alternative to setting up an .htaccess file manually within the site folder and writing some code in it, which is the conventional approach to deny direct linking to files, you can use an exceptionally simple tool, that we've integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. From it, you'll simply need to choose the site that needs to be secured and our system will do the rest. Optionally, you can make a decision if the .htaccess file will be created directly inside the root folder or inside a subfolder, if you want to enable the hotlink security function just for some content and not for the entire site. Stopping it is just as effortless - you'll simply need to mark the checkbox alongside the particular site and to click on the Delete button.