Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you develop a site, someone else may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own site, they may simply put links directly to your site. That way, whenever a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright issues which could appear or that somebody can be trying to trick people into thinking that they're in fact on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

As our Linux cloud website hosting come with 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 do not have much experience with this type of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and when you open it, you will only need to select the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Additionally, you could also pick if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You shall not need to do anything else, because our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the desired location and will include the necessary code within it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed in the very same section, so you can easily disable this service for each of them with just a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that another person is linking to your files without your consent, you will be able to easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection feature which we offer you. While the typical way to do this is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that is able to perform this automatically and you shall simply have to select the site in question and to decide whether our system should set up the required file inside the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is part of our customized Hepsia CP and offers exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without difficulties even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You may deactivate the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click through exactly the same section.