Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you develop a website, another person may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own website, they can simply put links directly to your site. In this way, when a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues which could present themselves or that somebody could be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're actually on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files could also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you may enable hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

Due to the fact that our web hosting plans feature a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to defend your content from displaying on third-party sites with literally no more than 2 clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this sort of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you'll only have to select the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. Furthermore, you can also pick if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You shall not need to do anything else, because our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and will add the required code inside it. All websites with active hotlink protection will be listed in the exact same section, so you can disable this service for each of them with just a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We offer an uncomplicated solution to secure your entire content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you could take advantage of it with just a few mouse clicks. The common way for you to enable server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives within it. With the tool that you will find within the Hepsia CP, provided with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to pick the site that you want to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all the required content within it. You could also use this feature for only one folder instead of the entire website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be enabled, you may deactivate it with a single click via the same section of your CP.