Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you develop an Internet site, someone else may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own website, they can simply put links straight to your Internet site. In this way, whenever a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright problems that can present themselves or that somebody could be trying to trick people into thinking that they're in fact on your website. In rare instances, documents and other types of files can also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you set up an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all cloud website hosting plans that we offer and could be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be enabled in two simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file within the primary folder or within a subfolder and you shall be ready. You don't require any coding expertise or any experience with this kind of matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to remove the protection at some time, you could see all the websites that are protected in the very same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that another person is linking to your files without your permission, you can easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection function we offer you. While the common technique of doing this is to set up an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can easily perform this automatically and you shall simply have to pick the website in question and to determine whether our system should generate the needed file within the main folder or in a subfolder. The tool is a component of our customized Hepsia Control Panel and provides the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any difficulties even if you have never used any web hosting service before. You'll be able to disable the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a mouse click from exactly the same section.