Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you develop a site, another person may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they could simply put links straight to your site. That way, each time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues which may present themselves or that someone can be trying to trick people into believing that they're actually on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you can activate hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

There is a way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we furthermore offer a very user-friendly tool that shall permit you to enable the protection with just a few mouse clicks and without entering any code. The tool could be accessed from the Hepsia CP, offered with all our cloud service and the only 2 things that you'll have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection should be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you shall not have to do anything else personally on your end. If you decide to disable the hotlink protection option eventually, you will simply have to go back to the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that another person is linking to your files without your permission, you could easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink protection feature we offer you. While the regular technique of doing this is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that can easily do this automatically and you'll simply have to select the site in question and to determine whether our system should generate the required file within the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and offers the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without difficulties even in case you have never used any hosting service before. You could disable the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a click through exactly the same section.