Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you build a website, some other person may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their website, they may simply put links straight to your website. This way, each time a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems that could appear or that someone may be trying to deceive people into believing that they're actually on your website. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid such situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

Because our Linux cloud hosting provide a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to protect your content from displaying on third-party websites with literally no more than 2 mouse clicks, even if you don't have much experience with such matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you'll just need to select the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. In addition, you could also choose if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, due to the fact that our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and will include the needed code in it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed in exactly the same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with just a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you don't want other people to use your images on their Internet sites without your approval, you can easily activate the hotlink security function, which is available with all semi-dedicated server package deals. Rather than creating an .htaccess file yourself within the site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the common method to deny direct linking to files, you may use an exceptionally simple tool, that we have integrated into the Hepsia CP. By using it, you will only have to pick the site which has to be secured and our system shall do the rest. Furthermore, you can choose whether the .htaccess file will be created directly inside the root folder or in a subfolder, if you'd like to activate the hotlink protection function only for some content and not for the whole website. Disabling it is just as fast - you will simply need to mark the checkbox alongside the specific Internet site and to click on the Delete button.