Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build a website, another person may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they may simply put links straight to your website. That way, each time a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright issues that can develop or that someone can be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are actually on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you may permit hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

Due to the fact that our Linux cloud hosting include a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to protect your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than a couple of clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with this type of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you'll just have to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. Optionally, you can also pick if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and shall add the required code in it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed inside the same section, so you may disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you don't want other people to use your images on their websites without your consent, you could easily enable the hotlink protection function, which is offered with all semi-dedicated server plans. As opposed to generating an .htaccess file yourself within the Internet site folder and writing some code within it, which is the conventional approach to deny direct linking to files, you can use a very simple tool, that we've included in the Hepsia Control Panel. By using it, you'll simply need to choose the Internet site which has to be secured and our system shall do the rest. Also, you can determine if the .htaccess file should be set up directly inside the root folder or in a subfolder, if you'd like to enable the hotlink protection feature only for some content and not for the entire Internet site. Stopping it is just as simple - you'll only need to mark the checkbox beside the respective site and to click on the Delete button.