Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you create an Internet site, some other person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their website, they can simply put links directly to your website. In this way, whenever a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues that could present themselves or that someone can be trying to deceive people into believing that they are in fact on your site. In rare instances, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

There's a way of preventing the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we also offer a very time and effort saving tool that will allow you to activate the protection with several clicks and without writing any code. The tool may be accessed through the Hepsia CP, provided with all our shared hosting service and the only two things which you will need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection has to be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you shall not need to do anything else by hand on your end. If you want to deactivate the hotlink protection option eventually, you'll just need to revisit the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

Our company offers an effective solution to protect your content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you could benefit from it with a couple of mouse clicks. The usual technique to activate server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives inside it. With the tool which you'll discover in the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply need to pick the Internet site which you would like to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all of the needed content in it. You can even use this option for just one folder rather than the whole website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be enabled, you could deactivate it with a single click through the same exact section of your CP.