Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you develop a website, 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 own site, they can simply put links to your website. In this way, when a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues which may appear or that someone can be trying to trick people into thinking that they're in fact on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files can also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid such situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

Since our Linux shared hosting packages feature a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally just 2 mouse clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with this sort of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you will only need to choose the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Additionally, you can also pick if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically in the desired location and shall include the required code in it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed within the same section, so you can easily disable this service for each of them with just a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Our company offers an effective solution to protect your content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you could benefit from it with several clicks. The standard technique to turn on server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to add a few directives within it. With the tool that you'll discover inside the Hepsia CP, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply need to choose the site which you intend to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all of the essential content within it. You can also use this feature for only one folder instead of the entire website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be enabled, you can deactivate it with just one mouse click through the exact same section of your CP.