Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you create a website, another person may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their website, they can simply put links directly to your website. In this way, when a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems that may develop or that somebody may be trying to trick people into believing that they're actually on your Internet site. In rare situations, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you generate an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all shared website hosting packages we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be enabled in 2 simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file within the main folder or in a subfolder and you shall be all set. You do not need any coding skills or any experience with this sort of matters, as there will be nothing else to do. If you'd like to turn off the protection at some time, you can see all of the sites which are protected inside the exact same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide you with a simple solution to secure your entire content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you can take full advantage of it with several mouse clicks. The usual way to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives in it. With the tool which you will find within the Hepsia CP, offered with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply have to select the website that you need to protect and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the required content within it. You could also use this feature for just one folder rather than the entire site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be enabled, you can disable it with one click via the same exact section of your Control Panel.