Hotlinking is an expression which describes the addition of images on a particular site using direct links. In case you have website A, for example, and someone creates site B and wants to include a few images from your Internet site, they could either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they could simply put links on their site to the images on yours. Subsequently, whenever a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images will load straight from your hosting account. This process is sometimes used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you'd like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

Since our shared website hosting plans come with a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to secure your content from showing on third-party websites with literally no more than a couple of clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with such matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you will just need to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. Additionally, you could also choose if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You won't have to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and shall add the necessary code in it. All sites with active hotlink protection will be listed in the same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

Our company offers a simple solution to protect your entire content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you could take full advantage of it with just a few mouse clicks. The standard technique to enable server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a few directives inside it. With the tool that you'll find in the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to select the site that you need to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the necessary content inside it. You may also use this function for just one folder as opposed to the entire Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be switched on, you can disable it with a single click through the exact same section of your Control Panel.