Hotlinking is an expression that represents the addition of images on a given site via direct links. In case you have website A, for example, and someone creates website B and wants to include a couple of images from your site, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they may simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, each time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, since the images shall load straight from your web hosting account. This process is sometimes used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

There's a method for preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we additionally provide a very easy-to-use tool that will permit you to enable the protection with several clicks and without typing any code. The tool can be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all our Linux cloud web hosting packages and the only two things which you'll need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection must be enabled for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you shall not need to do anything else personally on your end. If you want to disable the hotlink protection option eventually, you'll only have to go back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We offer an uncomplicated solution to secure your content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you are able to benefit from it with just a few clicks. The standard way for you to activate server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to add a few directives within it. With the tool which you'll find inside the Hepsia CP, which comes with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply have to pick the Internet site that you need to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the essential content within it. You can even use this function for just one folder rather than the entire site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be active, you'll be able to disable it with just one click from the same section of your Control Panel.