Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you create a website, 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 site, they could simply put links directly to your site. That way, each time a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues that may appear or that someone could be trying to trick people into thinking that they're in fact on your Internet site. In rare situations, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

Due to the fact that our shared web hosting plans provide a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party sites with literally just 2 mouse clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you'll only have to choose the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Optionally, you could also select if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, due to the fact that our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the desired location and will include the needed code within it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed inside the exact same section, so you can disable this service for any of them with just a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you don't want other individuals to use your images on their Internet sites without your authorization, you can easily switch on the hotlink protection function, which is provided with all semi-dedicated server package deals. Instead of creating an .htaccess file by hand within the Internet site folder and writing some code in it, which is the standard method to deny direct linking to files, you could use an exceedingly simple tool, which we have integrated into the Hepsia CP. From it, you'll only need to choose the site which should be secured and our system will do the rest. Also, you can choose if the .htaccess file will be set up straight in the root folder or inside a subfolder, in case you want to switch on the hotlink protection function just for some content and not for the entire site. Stopping it is just as easy - you'll only have to mark the checkbox alongside the respective site and to click on the Delete button.