Hotlinking is an expression that describes the addition of images on a given website using direct links. In case you have site A, for instance, and someone creates site B and wishes to include a few images from your website, they're able to either save the images and then include them on their website or they could simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Subsequently, when a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images will load directly from your web hosting account. This technique is oftentimes used for documents and other types of files as well. If you would like to prevent 3rd parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you are able to limit their capability to use direct links to your files on their websites.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you discover that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the security tool we have created and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Whenever you switch on this option, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party Internet site in place of your real images. You'll only have to check out the Hotlink Protection section in the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain that your Internet site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it is as elementary as that. If needed, you shall also have the option to enable the function just for a specific subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the function is equally simple - go back to the same section, check the box alongside the given website and then press the Delete button.