Hotlinking is a term that refers to the addition of images on a given Internet site through direct links. When you have website A, for example, and a person creates website B and wants to include a number of images from your site, they could either save the images and then add them on their website or they could simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Thus, every time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images will load from your website hosting account. This process is typically 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 website hosting account’s resources, you can limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

Due to the fact that our shared hosting include a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party sites with literally no more than a couple of mouse clicks, even if you don't have much experience with such matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you will only need to select the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Optionally, you could also pick if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and will include the required code within it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed in the same section, so you can disable this service for any of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

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 security tool we've developed and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Once you activate this option, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site instead of your real images. You will only need to check out the Hotlink Protection section within the CP and pick the domain or subdomain which your site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it is as basic as that. If necessary, you shall also have the option to activate the function just for a specific subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the function is as effortless - return to exactly the same section, check the box alongside the specific site and then click on the Delete button.