Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you build a website, someone else may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their site, they could simply put links to your Internet site. That way, every time a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems which may appear or that someone could be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are in fact on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files could also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you may enable hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

Since our shared web hosting feature a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to shield 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 as soon as you open it, you'll just have to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect. In addition, you may also pick if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You shall not need to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and will include the required code inside it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed in the very same section, so you can disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you do not want other people to use your images on their Internet sites without your consent, you can easily enable the hotlink protection feature, which is offered with all semi-dedicated server package deals. As an alternative to generating an .htaccess file manually within the Internet site folder and writing some code in it, which is the traditional way to deny direct linking to files, you may use an exceedingly simple tool, that we've integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. From it, you'll simply have to pick the Internet site that should be secured and our system will do the rest. Also, you can make a decision whether the .htaccess file should be created straight inside the root folder or in a subfolder, if you would like to activate the hotlink security feature just for some content and not for the entire site. Disabling it is just as simple - you will simply have to mark the checkbox next to the respective site and to click on the Delete button.