Hotlinking is an expression which refers to the inclusion of images on a given Internet site via direct links. When you have website A, for instance, and somebody creates website B and wants to include a number of images from your Internet site, they are 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. Thus, whenever a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, since the images will load directly from your website hosting account. This method is usually used for documents and other sorts of files also. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

It won't require more than a few clicks to switch on the hotlink protection function we offer even if this is the very first hosting account which you use, since all our cloud website hosting include a quite simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it offers the very same intuitive point-and-click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to select the domain or subdomain you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you would like to switch on this function only for a specific site folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you could disable the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that somebody is linking to your files without your authorization, you may easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security function we offer. While the common method of doing this is to set up an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool that can easily execute this automatically and you shall only need to pick the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should create the necessary file inside the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and provides exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no problems even when you have never used any website hosting service before. You can switch off the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a click from exactly the same section.