Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you develop an Internet site, another person may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own website, they may simply put links directly to your site. That way, every time a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems that can present themselves or that someone could be trying to trick people into thinking that they're in fact on your website. 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 may enable hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you generate an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but just in case you do not have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all cloud hosting plans we offer and could be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be activated in 2 basic steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file in the primary folder or in a subfolder and you shall be all set. You do not need any programming skills or any experience with this sort of matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to disable the protection at some time, you could see all the Internet sites which are protected within the very same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you do not want others to use your images on their sites without your consent, you can easily enable the hotlink protection function, which is offered with all semi-dedicated server plans. Rather than setting up an .htaccess file manually inside the Internet site folder and writing some code in it, which is the traditional approach to deny direct linking to files, you can use a very simple tool, that we have incorporated into the Hepsia Control Panel. With it, you will only have to pick the site that should be secured and our system shall do the rest. Moreover, you can choose if the .htaccess file will be set up straight within the root folder or in a subfolder, if you would like to enable the hotlink security feature only for some content and not for the entire website. Stopping it is just as easy - you'll only have to mark the checkbox next to the specific Internet site and to click on the Delete button.