Hotlinking is an expression which describes the inclusion of images on a particular website via direct links. If you have website A, for example, and someone creates site B and wants to add a number of images from your Internet site, they are able to either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they can simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. As a result, each time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, since the images will load from your web hosting account. This method is typically used for documents and other kinds of files as well. If you want to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

Since our Linux cloud hosting include a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you will be able to protect your content from displaying on third-party websites with literally no more than 2 mouse clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this sort of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you'll just have to select the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Additionally, you could also pick if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You shall not need to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the desired location and shall add the required code within it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed within the same section, so that you can disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you find out that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the protection tool we have created and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Once you enable this feature, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party Internet site instead of your actual images. You'll only have to go to the Hotlink Protection section within the Control Panel and pick the domain or subdomain that your site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it is as easy as that. When necessary, you will also have the option to activate the function just for a specific subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the feature is as effortless - get back to the exact same section, check the box alongside the specific site and then press the Delete button.