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

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

There is a method for preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we also provide a very user-friendly tool that shall permit you to enable the protection with a few clicks and without entering any code. The tool may be accessed from the Hepsia CP, which comes with all our Linux website hosting and the only 2 things which you'll need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection needs to be enabled for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you won't have to do anything else personally on your end. If you decide to turn off the hotlink protection option at some point, you will only have to go back to exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Our company offers a simple solution to secure your entire content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you are able to take advantage of it with a couple of mouse clicks. The standard way for you to activate server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives in it. With the tool that you'll discover within the Hepsia CP, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply need to pick the website which you would like to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the essential content within it. You can even use this feature for only one folder as opposed to the entire Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be active, you could deactivate it with one mouse click through the same section of your Control Panel.