Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build a 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 own site, they can simply put links directly to your website. This way, each time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems which may develop or that someone may be trying to trick people into believing that they are in fact on your website. In rare instances, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid such situations, you may permit hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

Since our cloud website hosting service feature a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you will be able to secure your content from appearing on third-party websites with literally only two mouse clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you will just need to pick the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Furthermore, you may also select if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You'll not have to do anything else, because our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and will include the required code within it. All websites with active hotlink protection will be listed inside the exact same section, so you can disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you do not want other individuals to use your images on their Internet sites without your consent, you can easily switch on the hotlink protection feature, that is provided with all semi-dedicated server package deals. Rather than setting up an .htaccess file manually inside the website folder and writing some code within it, which is the traditional approach to deny direct linking to files, you can use a really simple tool, that we've integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. From it, you'll simply have to select the site which needs to be protected and our system will do the rest. Additionally, you can make a decision if the .htaccess file needs to be set up directly inside the root folder or within a subfolder, if you would like to enable the hotlink protection function just for some content and not for the entire Internet site. Stopping it is just as fast - you'll simply have to mark the checkbox beside the specific website and to click on the Delete button.