Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you build a website, another person may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own website, they may simply put links directly to your Internet site. That way, each time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright problems which can present themselves or that somebody may be trying to trick people into believing that they're actually on your site. In rare instances, documents and other types of files could also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Hosting
Because our hosting include a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to shield your content from displaying on third-party websites with literally no more than 2 clicks, even if you do not have much experience with such matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you'll only need to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Optionally, you could also choose if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You shall not need to do anything else, due to the fact that our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the preferred location and shall add the necessary code inside it. All websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed in the very same section, so you can easily disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We provide you with an uncomplicated solution to shield your entire content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you'll be able to take advantage of it with a couple of clicks. The standard way to enable server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives within it. With the tool that you'll find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to select the website that you want to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the needed content inside it. You can even use this option for just one folder rather than the entire site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be switched on, you'll be able to deactivate it with one mouse click from the same exact section of your Control Panel.