Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase 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 you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their website, they can simply put links directly to your Internet site. That way, every time a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues which could arise or that someone could be trying to deceive people into believing that they are actually on your site. In rare situations, documents and other sorts of files can also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you could enable hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

There is a way to avoid the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally provide a very user-friendly tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with just a few clicks and without writing any code. The tool may be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all our cloud hosting and the only two things that you will need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection needs to be activated for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else by hand on your end. If you wish to disable the hotlink protection option eventually, you'll just have to go back to exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide an effective solution to secure your entire content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you are able to take advantage of it with a couple of clicks. The usual technique to turn on server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives within it. With the tool which you'll find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply need to pick the website which you want to secure and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, adding all the essential content in it. You can even use this option for only one folder as opposed to the whole website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be switched on, you can disable it with one mouse click through the exact same section of your Control Panel.