Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you create a website, 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 website, they may simply put links to your website. That way, every time a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems which could appear or that somebody could be trying to trick people into believing that they are actually on your Internet site. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

As our web hosting come with a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to defend your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally only a couple of mouse clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with this kind of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you'll just need to select the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Additionally, you could also select if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the desired location and shall include the required code in it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed in the very same section, so you may disable this service for each of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that another person is linking to your files without your approval, you could easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security function we provide. While the standard technique of doing that is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that is able to do this automatically and you shall simply have to choose the site in question and to choose whether our system should create the required file inside the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia CP and has the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without complications even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You could deactivate the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a click from the exact same section.