Hotlinking is a term which represents the addition of images on a given site via direct links. In case you have website A, for example, and someone creates site B and wants to add a few images from your website, they can either save the images and then add them on their site or they may simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, when a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, since the images shall load from your website hosting account. This technique is sometimes used for documents and other kinds of files as well. If you would like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

There's a simple way to avoid the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we furthermore offer a very user-friendly tool that will allow you to enable the protection with a couple of mouse clicks and without typing any code. The tool may be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all our Linux hosting and the only two things that you'll need to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection should be enabled for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't have to do anything else personally on your end. If you decide to disable the hotlink protection option at one point, you'll simply have to come 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 provide you with an uncomplicated solution to protect your content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you are able to benefit from it with a couple of mouse clicks. The conventional approach to enable server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives inside it. With the tool which you'll discover within the Hepsia CP, offered with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to choose the website which you want to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all of the necessary content within it. You may also use this function for just one folder as opposed to the whole Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be active, you'll be able to disable it with just one click via the same exact section of your Control Panel.