Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you develop a website, some other person 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 to your site. In this way, when 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 problems that may present themselves or that someone could be trying to trick people into believing that they are actually on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

Because our shared website hosting feature a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to defend your content from appearing on third-party sites with literally no more than a couple of mouse clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with this sort of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you'll just need to select the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Optionally, you may also select if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You will not need to do anything else, because our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the preferred location and will add the needed code in it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection will be listed in the very same section, so you can easily disable this service for each of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide you with an uncomplicated solution to secure your whole content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you can take advantage of it with just a few mouse clicks. The standard way to activate server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives inside it. With the tool which you'll discover inside the Hepsia CP, offered with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only need to select the website that you want to protect and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, adding all the needed content within it. You may also use this function for just one folder as opposed to the entire site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be active, you can disable it with a single mouse click through the very same section of your CP.