Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you create a website, another person may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own website, they could simply put links straight to your website. That way, when a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems which can present themselves or that someone may be trying to trick people into believing that they're in fact on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

As our cloud website hosting services include a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you will be able to protect your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally only a couple of clicks, even if you don't have much experience with this kind of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you'll just need to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Optionally, you may also choose if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, as our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the desired location and will include the needed code in it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed within the same section, so you may disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that another person is linking to your files without your approval, you could easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink protection feature we provide. While the typical method of doing this is to generate an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool that can do this automatically and you'll simply have to choose the site in question and to choose whether our system should create the needed file inside the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and provides the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any difficulties even when you have never used any website hosting service before. You may switch off the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click through the same section.