Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you create an Internet site, another person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they may simply put links directly to your website. In this way, when a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright issues which may develop or that somebody could be trying to trick people into believing that they are in fact on your website. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files could also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you could enable hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you create an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case that you do not have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all cloud hosting plans we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be activated in 2 simple steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you will be ready. You don't require any programming skills or any experience with this type of matters, as there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to remove the protection at some time, you could see all of the Internet sites which are protected inside the same exact section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you find out that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the protection tool which we have designed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Once you activate this feature, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party website instead of your real images. You will only need to go to the Hotlink Protection section in the Control Panel and pick the domain or subdomain which your site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it is as easy as that. If required, you'll also have the option to activate the feature just for a specific subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the feature is as easy - get back to the very same section, check the box beside the specific Internet site and then click on the Delete button.