Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you build an Internet site, some other person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their site, they could simply put links to your site. In this way, when a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems which can arise or that somebody can be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are actually on your Internet site. In rare situations, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid such situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

Since our cloud web hosting come with a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to protect your content from showing on third-party sites with literally just 2 clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this type of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you'll only need to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. In addition, you could also select if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You won't have to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and will include the required code in it. All websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed within the exact same section, so you may disable this service for any of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you do not want other individuals to use your images on their Internet sites without your consent, you could easily switch on the hotlink protection function, that is available with all semi-dedicated server plans. As opposed to creating an .htaccess file yourself in the site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the conventional approach to deny direct linking to files, you can use an incredibly simple tool, that we have incorporated into the Hepsia CP. With it, you will simply need to select the website which should be protected and our system shall do the rest. Optionally, you can choose if the .htaccess file will be set up straight within the root folder or in a subfolder, in case you'd like to enable the hotlink security function only for some content and not for the entire website. Stopping it is just as easy - you will simply need to mark the checkbox next to the specific website and to click on the Delete button.