Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you build an Internet site, somebody else may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they may simply put links straight to your site. That way, every time a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright problems that could arise or that somebody could be trying to trick people into thinking that they're actually on your Internet site. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files could also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

There's a simple method for preventing the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally offer a very easy-to-work-with tool that will allow you to activate the protection with just a few clicks and without writing any code. The tool can be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all our Linux cloud web hosting packages and the only two things that you will have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection has to be enabled for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you shall not need to do anything else personally on your end. If you decide to turn off the hotlink protection option at some point, you'll simply have to return to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide an uncomplicated solution to shield your whole content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you are able to take full advantage of it with several clicks. The usual technique to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives in it. With the tool which you will find within the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to choose the website which you would like to protect and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the necessary content inside it. You may also use this function for just one folder instead of the entire website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be enabled, you could deactivate it with a single click from the same section of your CP.