Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you create an Internet site, someone else may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own website, they may simply put links directly to your website. That way, each time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems which could develop or that someone may be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are actually on your website. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you may enable hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case that you do not have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all shared hosting package deals that we offer and could be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be enabled in 2 easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the main folder or within a subfolder and you shall be ready. You don't require any programming capabilities or any experience with this sort of matters, due to the fact that there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to turn off the protection eventually, you could see all of the Internet sites that are protected within the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you do not want other people to use your images on their websites without your authorization, you can easily enable the hotlink protection function, that is available with all semi-dedicated server packages. As opposed to generating an .htaccess file yourself in the website folder and writing some code inside it, which is the conventional way to deny direct linking to files, you may use an exceedingly simple tool, which we have integrated into the Hepsia CP. By using it, you'll simply have to choose the site which needs to be secured and our system shall do the rest. Furthermore, you can determine if the .htaccess file should be set up straight within the root folder or inside a subfolder, if you want to switch on the hotlink security feature just for some content and not for the entire Internet site. Stopping it is just as effortless - you'll only have to mark the checkbox alongside the particular Internet site and to click on the Delete button.