Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you create an Internet site, someone else may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their website, they could simply put links straight to your website. In this way, whenever a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues that can present themselves or that somebody may be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are in fact on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you set up an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case that you don't have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all shared website hosting packages we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be enabled in 2 easy steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the main folder or in a subfolder and you shall be good to go. You do not need any coding capabilities or any experience with this kind of matters, since there shall be nothing else to do. If you'd like to turn off the protection eventually, you can see all of the websites that are protected inside the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button beside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that someone is linking to your files without your authorization, you may easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security feature that we offer. While the regular way to do this is to generate an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool that is able to do this automatically and you shall only have to choose the Internet site in question and to choose whether our system should generate the required file within the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is an element of our customized Hepsia CP and offers the exact 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 security function for any website/folder with a mouse click through the exact same section.