Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you develop an Internet site, another person may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they can simply put links to your Internet site. In this way, each time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems that may appear or that somebody could be trying to trick people into believing that they're actually on your website. In rare situations, documents and other types of files can also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you can activate hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you set up an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all cloud hosting plans that we offer and can be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be enabled in 2 simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file in the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you shall be ready. You don't need any computer programming capabilities or any experience with this sort of matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you'd like to remove the protection at some time, you can see all the websites which are protected inside the same exact section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that another person is linking to your files without your approval, you may easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security function we offer. While the standard method of doing that is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which is able to perform this automatically and you shall only have to select the website in question and to determine whether our system should generate the needed file within the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and offers the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without difficulties even when you have never used any hosting service before. You could switch off the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click through the exact same section.