Hotlinking is a term that identifies the addition of images on a given site using direct links. When you have site A, for example, and an individual creates site B and wants to include a few images from your site, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their site or they may simply put links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, when a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images shall load from your hosting account. This technique is sometimes used for documents and other types of files as well. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

There is a way of preventing the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we also offer a very easy-to-use tool that will allow you to enable the protection with several clicks and without entering any code. The tool could be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all our Linux hosting and the only 2 things that you'll need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection has to be enabled for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else personally on your end. If you choose to deactivate the hotlink protection option eventually, you will just need to return to the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We offer an effective solution to protect your content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you'll be able to take advantage of it with a few clicks. The conventional way for you to turn on server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives in it. With the tool that you'll discover inside the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to choose the Internet site that you would like to secure and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the necessary content in it. You may also use this option for just one folder instead of the whole website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be active, you can disable it with one click via the same section of your Control Panel.