Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you build an Internet site, another person may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their site, they can simply put links straight to your site. This way, every time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright issues which may appear or that someone may be trying to trick people into believing that they're actually on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files could also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you can activate hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

Because our website hosting plans include a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to shield your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than 2 clicks, even if you don't have much experience with this type of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you will only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. Furthermore, you may also select if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You shall not need to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the preferred location and shall add the necessary code inside it. All sites with active hotlink protection shall be listed inside the very same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with just a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

Our company offers an uncomplicated solution to shield your whole content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you are able to benefit from it with several mouse clicks. The usual way for you to enable server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives within it. With the tool that you'll find within the Hepsia CP, supplied with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to pick the website that you intend to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the necessary content in it. You may also use this feature for only one folder as opposed to the entire site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be switched on, you can disable it with a single mouse click through the very same section of your CP.