Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you develop a website, somebody else may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their website, they may simply put links to your site. In this way, each time a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems which may present themselves or that somebody could be trying to deceive people into believing that they're actually on your Internet site. In rare occasions, 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 may activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

There is a way to avoid the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore provide a very time and effort saving tool that shall permit you to enable the protection with a few mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool could be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all our Linux shared service and the only two things which you will need to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection must be activated for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you shall not have to do anything else personally on your end. If you decide to disable the hotlink protection option sometime, you'll only have to come back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that someone is linking to your files without your consent, you may easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security function that we provide. While the standard way to do that is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which can easily execute this automatically and you shall only need to pick the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should set up the necessary file inside the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and has the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any complications even in case you have never used any hosting service before. You could deactivate the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click through exactly the same section.