Hotlinking is an expression which identifies the addition of images on a given site by using direct links. In case you have site A, for example, and somebody creates site B and wishes to include a few images from your Internet site, they're able to either save the images and then add them on their website or they can simply put links on their site to the images on yours. Subsequently, whenever a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images shall load straight from your web hosting account. This technique is typically used for documents and other sorts 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 can restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

There is a way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we also provide a very easy-to-use tool that will allow you to activate the protection with just a few clicks and without entering any code. The tool can be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all our cloud hosting and the only two things that you'll have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection needs to be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else manually on your end. If you choose to disable the hotlink protection option sometime, you will only have to come back to the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that someone is linking to your files without your consent, you could easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection feature which we offer. While the regular method of doing that is to generate an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool that can easily perform this automatically and you shall only need to select the site in question and to choose whether our system should set up the necessary file in the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom Hepsia CP and features the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any issues even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You may switch off the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a mouse click from the same section.