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 you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they could simply put links straight to your website. That way, whenever a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright issues that may develop or that somebody can be trying to trick people into thinking that they're actually on your Internet site. In rare situations, documents and other types of files could also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you set up an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all cloud web hosting packages we offer and can be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be activated in 2 simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the main folder or inside a subfolder and you will be ready. You don't require any programming expertise or any experience with this sort of matters, because there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to turn off the protection eventually, you will be able to see all the websites that are protected within the exact same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that another person is linking to your files without your approval, you may easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection feature which we offer. While the regular technique of doing that is to set up an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool that is able to do this automatically and you'll only need to select the website in question and to decide whether our system should set up the necessary file inside the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is part of our customized Hepsia Control Panel and has the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no difficulties even if you have never used any web hosting service before. You may deactivate the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click from exactly the same section.