Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you create an Internet site, some other person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own site, they could simply put links straight to your site. This way, every time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems which could present themselves or that someone can be trying to trick people into believing that they are actually on your Internet site. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

Due to the fact that our Linux hosting packages feature a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you will be able to defend your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally only two mouse clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with this kind of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you'll just need to select the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Optionally, you may also pick if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and will add the required code inside it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed inside the same section, so that you can disable this service for each of them with just a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that someone is linking to your files without your approval, you will be able to easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink protection function which we offer you. While the typical method of doing this is to generate an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that can perform this automatically and you'll simply have to select the website in question and to determine whether our system should create the required file inside the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is an element of our customized Hepsia CP and has the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no complications even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You'll be able to switch off the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a mouse click from the same section.