Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you develop an Internet site, another person may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own website, they can simply put links straight to your site. In this way, when a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues which can appear or that someone can be trying to trick people into believing that they are in fact on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

It won't require more than several mouse clicks to enable the hotlink security feature that we offer you even if this is the 1st website hosting account that you use, because all our Linux shared web hosting packages include a rather simple and easy-to-use tool that will permit you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it has the same intuitive point & click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to select the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect from a drop-down list. If you would like to activate this service only for a certain Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you can turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Our company offers an uncomplicated solution to secure your entire content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you'll be able to take full advantage of it with just a few mouse clicks. The conventional approach to enable server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a few directives within it. With the tool that you'll discover within the Hepsia CP, supplied with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only need to pick the Internet site that you intend to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the needed content within it. You may also use this option for only one folder instead of the entire site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be enabled, you can deactivate it with one click from the exact same section of your CP.