Hotlinking is an expression that describes the inclusion of images on a given website via direct links. If you have site A, for example, and a person creates website B and wishes to include a couple of images from your site, they are able to either save the images and then add them on their site or they could simply place links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, whenever a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, because the images shall load from your website hosting account. This approach is sometimes used for documents and other types of files also. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you could limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

Since our Linux cloud website hosting include a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to defend your content from showing on third-party sites with literally only a couple of clicks, even if you do not have much experience with such matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you'll only have to select the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Furthermore, you could also choose if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You'll not have to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and shall include the needed code within it. All sites with active hotlink protection shall be listed in the exact same section, so you may disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you find out that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the protection tool we have developed and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. When you enable this function, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party website as a substitute for your real images. You'll only need to go to the Hotlink Protection section within the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain your site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it is as basic as that. If needed, you'll also have the option to enable the function only for a particular subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the function is equally simple - get back to the very same section, check the box beside the particular Internet site and then press the Delete button.