Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you build an Internet site, somebody 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 own Internet site, they may simply put links straight to your site. In this way, every time a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues that could appear or that someone can be trying to trick people into believing that they're actually on your website. In rare situations, documents and other types of files could also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you set up an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but just in case you do not have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all shared hosting plans that we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be enabled in two basic steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or in a subfolder and you shall be good to go. You don't require any programming capabilities or any experience with this type of matters, as there will be nothing else to do. If you'd like to turn off the protection eventually, you can see all the sites which are protected in the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button beside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Our company offers a simple solution to shield your whole content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you can benefit from it with a couple of clicks. The standard way to turn on server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a few directives within it. With the tool that you'll find inside the Hepsia CP, offered with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to pick the website that you intend to secure and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, including all of the necessary content inside it. You can also use this option for only one folder rather than the whole website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be switched on, you may deactivate it with just one mouse click from the same section of your Control Panel.