Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build an Internet site, someone else may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their site, they may simply put links straight to your site. This way, whenever a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems which could appear or that someone could be trying to trick people into believing that they're actually on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files can also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

Because our cloud hosting feature a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to protect your content from showing on third-party websites with literally only two mouse clicks, even if you do not have a lot of 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 just need to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Furthermore, you may also select if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, because our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the preferred location and shall include the required code within it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed in the same section, so you can easily disable this service for each of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that somebody is linking to your files without your authorization, you will be able to easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security function which we offer. While the common technique of doing this is to set up an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that is able to execute this automatically and you shall simply have to choose the website in question and to determine whether our system should generate the needed file in the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom Hepsia CP and has exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any issues even when you have never used any web hosting service before. You could deactivate the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a click through exactly the same section.