Hotlinking is an expression which refers to the inclusion of images on a particular Internet site through direct links. In case you have site A, for example, and someone creates site B and wants to include a number of images from your website, they are able to either save the images and then add them on their website or they can simply place links on their site to the images on yours. Consequently, every time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images will load directly from your web hosting account. This method is usually used for documents and other types of files also. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

Since our Linux cloud web hosting come with a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to defend your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally just 2 clicks, even if you don't have much experience with this type of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you'll just have to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Optionally, you can also pick if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You will not need to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and shall include the necessary code within it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed inside the same section, so you can disable this service for each of them with just a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that someone is linking to your files without your consent, you can easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security function we provide. While the standard way to do that is to generate an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that can perform this automatically and you shall only have to pick the Internet site in question and to determine whether our system should set up the required file in the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom made Hepsia CP and provides exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no issues even when you have never used any web hosting service before. You could deactivate the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a mouse click from exactly the same section.