Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you develop a website, someone else may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they can simply put links straight to your website. In this way, every time a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems which may appear or that someone may be trying to trick people into believing that they're in fact on your website. In rare situations, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

Since our Linux shared website hosting include a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to protect your content from appearing on third-party websites with literally no more than two clicks, even if you don't have much experience with such matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you will just need to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Furthermore, you could also choose if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You shall not need to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and will include the needed code in it. All sites with active hotlink protection will be listed inside the very same section, so you may disable this service for each of them with just a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that another person is linking to your files without your consent, you could easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security feature we offer you. While the standard method of doing this is to set up an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can execute this automatically and you shall only have to pick the website in question and to choose whether our system should create the required file inside the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom made Hepsia CP and provides exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any difficulties even in case you have never used any hosting service before. You can deactivate the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a click from the same section.