Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you build a website, somebody else may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their site, they may simply put links directly to your site. In this way, whenever a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright problems which can develop or that somebody can be trying to trick people into thinking that they are actually on your Internet site. In rare instances, documents and other types of files could also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you set up an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but just in case you do not have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all cloud hosting plans which we offer and could be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be enabled in two easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file within the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you will be good to go. You do not need any programming skills or any experience with this kind of matters, due to the fact that there shall be nothing else to do. If you'd like to turn off the protection at some point, you will be able to see all of the sites which are protected in the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide you with a simple solution to secure your entire content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you could take advantage of it with just a few mouse clicks. The standard way for you to activate server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives within it. With the tool which you will find within the Hepsia CP, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to pick the Internet site which you need to protect and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all the essential content in it. You could also use this function for just one folder instead of the entire website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be enabled, you can deactivate it with just one mouse click via the same section of your Control Panel.