Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you create an Internet site, another person may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they can simply put links to your website. This way, when a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues that could arise or that someone may be trying to trick people into believing that they're in fact 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 sort of situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you create an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case that you don't have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all cloud hosting package deals we offer and can be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be enabled in 2 easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or within a subfolder and you shall be good to go. You don't need any coding skills or any experience with this type of matters, as there will be nothing else to do. If you'd like to remove the protection at some time, you will be able to see all of the sites that are protected inside the same exact section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide an effective solution to shield your entire content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you can take advantage of it with a few clicks. The standard approach to enable server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives within it. With the tool that you'll discover in the Hepsia CP, offered with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to pick the website which you want to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all the needed content in it. You may also use this option for just one folder rather than the whole Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be enabled, you'll be able to deactivate it with a single click from the same section of your CP.