Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build a site, someone else may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their site, they may simply put links straight to your website. This way, whenever a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems which may appear or that someone can be trying to deceive people into believing that they're in fact on your Internet site. In rare situations, documents and other types of files can also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

As our web hosting include a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to protect your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally only a couple of mouse clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this kind of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you'll only need to select the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. In addition, you can also select if the hotlink protection will be active 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 preferred location and will include the required code within it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed within the very same section, so you can easily disable this service for any of them with just a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you do not want other individuals to use your images on their websites without your approval, you may easily enable the hotlink protection feature, that's provided with all semi-dedicated server plans. Instead of setting up an .htaccess file manually within the site folder and writing some code within it, which is the traditional method to deny direct linking to files, you could use a very simple tool, which we've integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. From it, you will only have to choose the site which should be protected and our system will do the rest. Moreover, you can decide if the .htaccess file needs to be created directly in the root folder or inside a subfolder, if you want to activate the hotlink protection function just for some content and not for the entire Internet site. Stopping it is just as simple - you will simply need to mark the checkbox beside the specific Internet site and to click on the Delete button.