Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you create a site, some other person may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they may simply put links to your site. This way, every time a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues which can appear or that someone could be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're actually on your website. In rare instances, documents and other kinds of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

There's a way of preventing the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we additionally provide a very user-friendly tool that will permit you to activate the protection with a couple of clicks and without inputting any code. The tool can be accessed from the Hepsia CP, which comes with all our cloud hosting services and the only two things which you'll have to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection has to be activated for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else by hand on your end. If you want to disable the hotlink protection option sometime, you will just need to go back to exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We offer an uncomplicated solution to protect your whole content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you could take advantage of it with several mouse clicks. The conventional approach to enable server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives in it. With the tool that you'll find inside the Hepsia CP, offered with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to choose the site which you need to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, including all of the required content in it. You can even use this option for only one folder rather than the whole Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be switched on, you can deactivate it with one click through the exact same section of your CP.