Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase 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 rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their website, they can simply put links straight to your site. In this way, every time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems that can present themselves or that someone may be trying to deceive people into believing that they're in fact on your website. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

Since our web hosting feature a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to shield your content from showing on third-party sites with literally only a couple of mouse clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this sort of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you will just have to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Optionally, you can also choose if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, because our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the preferred location and shall include the necessary code inside it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed inside the very same section, so you may disable this service for each of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that another person is linking to your files without your authorization, you could easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security feature we provide. While the typical way to do that is to create an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool that is able to execute this automatically and you shall only have to pick the site in question and to determine whether our system should create the needed file in the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia CP and offers the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any problems even when you have never used any hosting service before. You'll be able to turn off the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a mouse click through exactly the same section.