Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you develop a site, someone else may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their website, they could simply put links to your website. That way, every 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 may arise or that someone can be trying to trick people into thinking that they're in fact on your website. In rare situations, documents and other types of files could also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid such situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

There's a simple method for preventing the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we also provide a very user-friendly tool that will permit you to enable the protection with a couple of mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool may be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all our web hosting and the only two things that you'll have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection needs to be activated for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't need to do anything else manually on your end. If you want to disable the hotlink protection option sometime, you will just need to return to the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide you with an uncomplicated solution to secure your entire content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you'll be able to take advantage of it with several mouse clicks. The usual technique to enable server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a few directives inside it. With the tool that you will find within the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to pick the website that you want to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the necessary content inside it. You can even use this function for just one folder instead of the entire website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be switched on, you could deactivate it with just one click from the exact same section of your Control Panel.