Hotlinking is a term which identifies the addition of images on a given site through direct links. If you have site A, for instance, and someone creates website B and wishes to add a few images from your website, they are able to either save the images and then include them on their Internet site or they may simply place links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Consequently, every time a visitor opens website B, site B will steal traffic from your own Internet site A, because the images shall load straight from your web hosting account. This process is typically used for documents and other kinds of files also. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their Internet sites.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

There's a way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we additionally give you a very intuitive tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with just a few clicks and without writing any code. The tool could be accessed via the Hepsia CP, included with all our Linux cloud 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 will not need to do anything else personally on your end. If you choose to disable the hotlink protection option sometime, you will simply have to come back to exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you don't want others to use your images on their Internet sites without your approval, you can easily enable the hotlink protection feature, that is available with all semi-dedicated server plans. As opposed to setting up an .htaccess file by hand within the website folder and writing some code in it, which is the traditional way to deny direct linking to files, you can use a very simple tool, that we have included in the Hepsia Control Panel. By using it, you'll only need to pick the website that has to be protected and our system shall do the rest. Additionally, you can determine if the .htaccess file needs to be created straight inside the root folder or in a subfolder, when you would like to switch on the hotlink protection function only for some content and not for the entire website. Disabling it is just as easy - you will simply need to mark the checkbox next to the respective website and to click on the Delete button.