Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you build a site, somebody else may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their site, they may simply put links to your site. This way, whenever a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues that may develop or that someone may be trying to deceive people into believing that they're actually on your website. In rare instances, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you may enable hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

Since our Linux hosting feature a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you will be able to shield your content from appearing on third-party sites with literally no more than a couple of clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this type of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you'll only need to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Optionally, you can also choose if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You won't have to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and will add the necessary code within it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed inside the exact same section, so you can easily disable this service for any of them with just a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide an uncomplicated solution to protect your whole content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you could take full advantage of it with several mouse clicks. The standard way for you to enable server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a few directives inside it. With the tool which you will find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to select the website which you intend to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all the essential content inside it. You may also use this option for only one folder as opposed to the whole site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be active, you can deactivate it with a single click from the same exact section of your Control Panel.