Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you develop an Internet site, some other person may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they can simply put links directly to your Internet site. This way, when a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright problems which may appear or that somebody could be trying to deceive people into believing that they're actually on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files can also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

Since our website hosting packages provide a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to defend your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally just a couple of clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with such matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you will just have to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. In addition, you could also select if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the desired location and shall include the needed code inside it. All sites with active hotlink protection shall be listed in the same section, so that you can disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you don't want others to use your images on their websites without your approval, you may easily activate the hotlink security function, that's supplied with all semi-dedicated server packages. Instead of creating an .htaccess file by hand in the Internet site folder and writing some code in it, which is the traditional way to deny direct linking to files, you could use a very simple tool, which we've integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. From it, you'll simply have to pick the Internet site which needs to be secured and our system shall do the rest. Optionally, you can decide if the .htaccess file should be set up straight within the root folder or in a subfolder, in case you'd like to switch on the hotlink protection function just for some content and not for the whole site. Disabling it is just as simple - you'll only have to mark the checkbox beside the specific Internet site and to click on the Delete button.