Hotlinking is an expression that refers to the addition of images on a particular website through direct links. In case you have site A, for instance, and a person creates website B and wants to include a number of images from your site, they could either save the images and then add them on their website or they could simply place links on their site to the images on yours. As a result, every time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, since the images will load straight from your hosting account. This method is usually used for documents and other types of files as well. If you want to prevent 3rd 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 sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

It will not take more than a couple of clicks to enable the hotlink protection feature which we offer even if this is the first web hosting account you use, because all our shared web hosting include a simple and easy-to-use tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it has the same exact intuitive point & click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect from a drop-down list. If you would like to activate this service only for a particular Internet site folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear in this section and you can easily deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide an effective solution to shield your entire content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you'll be able to take advantage of it with a couple of mouse clicks. The common technique to enable server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a few directives inside it. With the tool which you'll find in the Hepsia CP, offered with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply have to select the Internet site that you need to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the essential content in it. You could also use this option for only one folder instead of the entire site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be enabled, you could deactivate it with a single click through the exact same section of your CP.