Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you build a site, another person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their Internet site, they may simply put links directly to your site. In this way, each time a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues that may arise or that someone may be trying to trick people into thinking that they are in fact on your site. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files could also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you can activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
Since our website hosting provide a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than a couple of mouse clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this kind of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you will only need to select the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. In addition, you may also choose if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You will not need to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and will add the required code in it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed inside the same section, so you may disable this service for any of them with a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We provide an uncomplicated solution to protect your content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you'll be able to take full advantage of it with several clicks. The usual way for you to enable server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives in it. With the tool that you will find in the Hepsia CP, included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only need to choose the Internet site which you want to secure and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, adding all the necessary content inside it. You can even use this option for just one folder rather than the whole website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be switched on, you could deactivate it with just one mouse click from the same exact section of your Control Panel.