Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you create an Internet site, some other person may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they may simply put links straight to your site. In this way, when a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues that could develop or that somebody could be trying to trick people into believing that they're actually on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid such situations, you may enable hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

As our website hosting provide a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to defend your content from showing on third-party sites with literally only 2 clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this type of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you will only need to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Furthermore, you could also choose if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the desired location and will add the required code inside it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed inside the same section, so you may disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you do not want other individuals to use your images on their sites without your consent, you may easily enable the hotlink security function, that's provided with all semi-dedicated server packages. As an alternative to setting up an .htaccess file yourself inside the Internet site folder and writing some code in it, which is the standard approach to deny direct linking to files, you can use an incredibly simple tool, which we've incorporated into the Hepsia CP. By using it, you'll simply have to pick the site that has to be protected and our system shall do the rest. Also, you can choose if the .htaccess file will be generated directly inside the root folder or in a subfolder, in case you would like to activate the hotlink security function just for some content and not for the whole Internet site. Disabling it is just as fast - you will only need to mark the checkbox beside the specific Internet site and to click on the Delete button.