Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you build an Internet site, some other person may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their site, they can simply put links to your site. This 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 issues that may appear or that someone can be trying to deceive people into believing that they are actually on your site. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you could enable hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

Because our Linux shared web hosting packages include a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you will be able to shield your content from appearing on third-party websites with literally no more than two mouse clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you will just need to choose the domain or subdomain you want to protect. In addition, you may also select if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, because our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the preferred location and shall add the required code within it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed within exactly the same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with just 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 permission, you may easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security feature we offer. While the standard technique of doing this is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that can execute this automatically and you will only have to pick the site in question and to decide whether our system should create the required file within the main folder or in a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and has the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no issues even if you have never used any website hosting service before. You'll be able to deactivate the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click from the exact same section.