Hotlinking is a term which identifies the inclusion of images on a particular website by using direct links. When you have website A, for example, and somebody creates website B and wishes to include a few images from your Internet site, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their site or they can simply put links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, whenever a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images shall load directly from your hosting account. This method is typically used for documents and other types of files too. If you'd like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you can limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

Since our shared web hosting include a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you will be able to defend your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally just 2 clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with such matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you will just have to choose the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Additionally, you may also select if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, because our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and shall add the necessary code within it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection will be listed within the very same section, so you can disable this service for any of them with just a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you discover that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the protection tool we've developed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. When you activate this feature, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party website as a substitute for your actual images. You will only have to navigate to the Hotlink Protection section inside the CP and pick the domain or subdomain your website uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it's as elementary as that. If required, you will also have the option to enable the feature only for a specific subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the function is just as effortless - get back to the very same section, check the box beside the particular website and then press the Delete button.