Hotlinking is an expression that describes the addition of images on a given site using direct links. If you have website A, for example, and an individual creates website B and wants to include a few images from your site, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their site or they could simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Thus, whenever a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images shall load straight from your web hosting account. This method is oftentimes used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

It shall not take more than a few mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink protection function that we offer even if this is the very first website hosting account which you use, because all of our hosting come with a very simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it has the exact same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only need to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you would like to switch on this service only for a specific site folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you can disable the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given website and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that someone is linking to your files without your consent, you can easily cut them off by activating the hotlink protection feature we offer you. While the regular way to do this is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which can execute this automatically and you will only need to pick the website in question and to choose whether our system should generate the needed file in the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is an element of our customized Hepsia CP and provides exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any complications even in case you have never used any hosting service before. You could turn off the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a mouse click through the exact same section.