Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you create a website, somebody else may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they can simply put links to your website. This way, every time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues which can develop or that somebody may be trying to trick people into believing that they're in fact 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 this kind of situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you generate an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all cloud web hosting package deals that we offer and can be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be enabled in two easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you shall be all set. You do not need any computer programming skills or any experience with such matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to remove the protection at some point, you will be able to see all of the sites which are protected within the exact same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that another person is linking to your files without your authorization, you may easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection function that we offer. While the standard method of doing this is to create an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool that is able to perform this automatically and you'll only have to select the website in question and to choose whether our system should generate the needed file inside the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is part of our customized Hepsia CP and has the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no difficulties even when you have never used any hosting service before. You could disable the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a click through the exact same section.