Hotlinking is an expression that represents the inclusion of images on a given Internet site using direct links. In case you have website A, for example, and someone creates site B and wishes to add a few images from your Internet site, they can either save the images and then include them on their website or they may simply put links on their website to the images on yours. Thus, each time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, because the images will load from your website hosting account. This technique 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 website hosting account’s resources, you are able to restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

There's a simple way of preventing the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we furthermore provide a very user-friendly tool that will permit you to activate the protection with just a few mouse clicks and without entering any code. The tool can be accessed via the Hepsia CP, provided with all our Linux cloud web hosting and the only 2 things which you'll have to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection must be enabled for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else manually on your end. If you wish to turn off the hotlink protection option sometime, you'll just need to revisit the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you discover that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the security tool which we have developed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. When you enable this option, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party site instead of your real images. You'll only have to check out the Hotlink Protection section within the CP and pick the domain or subdomain which your Internet site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it is as simple as that. If necessary, you'll also have the option to switch on the function for a particular subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the feature is equally simple - get back to the same section, check the box alongside the particular Internet site and then press the Delete button.