Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you develop a website, someone else may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their site, they could simply put links to your Internet site. This way, whenever a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright issues that can present themselves or that someone may be trying to trick people into believing that they are in fact on your website. In rare instances, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you may permit hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

Because our shared hosting plans come with a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to shield your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally just two clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you will only have to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. Additionally, you may also pick if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You'll not have to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the desired location and will include the necessary code in it. All sites with active hotlink protection shall 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 Servers

We offer an effective solution to shield your whole content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you could take full advantage of it with several mouse clicks. The usual way to enable server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives inside it. With the tool which you'll discover in the Hepsia CP, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to pick the website that you would like to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all the necessary content in it. You may also use this feature for just one folder as opposed to the entire Internet 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 active, you'll be able to deactivate it with one mouse click via the exact same section of your Control Panel.