Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build an Internet site, another person may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they could simply put links directly to your Internet site. This way, whenever a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems that could present themselves or that someone may be trying to trick people into believing that they are actually on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

There's a way to avoid the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we also provide a very user-friendly tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with a couple of clicks and without typing any code. The tool can be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all our Linux shared website hosting service and the only two things that you will need to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection must be activated for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't have to do anything else personally on your end. If you choose to turn off the hotlink protection option at one point, you will only have to revisit exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We offer a simple solution to shield your entire content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you can take advantage of it with just a few mouse clicks. The common way for you to enable server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a few directives inside it. With the tool that you will find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only need to select the Internet site that you would like to secure and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all the needed content inside it. You can even use this function for just one folder as opposed to the whole website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be enabled, you may deactivate it with a single click through the very same section of your CP.