Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you build a website, another person may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they could simply put links to your Internet site. This way, every time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems which could develop or that someone may be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're actually on your website. In rare instances, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you set up an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all shared hosting package deals which we offer and can be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be activated in two simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file in the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you'll be all set. You do not need any computer programming expertise or any experience with this type of matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to remove the protection at some time, you could see all the websites which are protected in the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button beside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you do not want other individuals to use your images on their sites without your consent, you may easily enable the hotlink security feature, that's provided with all semi-dedicated server package deals. Rather than creating an .htaccess file manually inside the site folder and writing some code in it, which is the conventional method to deny direct linking to files, you may use an exceedingly simple tool, which we've integrated into the Hepsia CP. From it, you will only have to select the website that has to be secured and our system will do the rest. Also, you can choose if the .htaccess file will be created directly inside the root folder or within a subfolder, if you'd like to enable the hotlink security function just for some content and not for the entire Internet site. Disabling it is just as simple - you'll simply have to mark the checkbox next to the respective site and to click on the Delete button.