Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you develop a website, somebody 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 Internet site, they can simply put links directly to your Internet site. In this way, every time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright issues which may present themselves or that somebody may be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are in fact on your website. In rare instances, documents and other types of files can also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you create an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but just in case you do not have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all web hosting package deals we offer and can be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be turned on in 2 basic steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or in a subfolder and you shall be all set. You don't need any coding expertise or any experience with this type of matters, due to the fact that there shall be nothing else to do. If you'd like to disable the protection at some point, you will be able to see all the Internet sites which are protected within the very same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you notice that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the security tool we have developed and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Once you enable this feature, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site instead of your actual images. You will only need to go to the Hotlink Protection section in the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain your website uses from a practical drop-down menu - it's as easy as that. If required, you will also have the option to activate the feature for a specific subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the function is equally easy - go back to exactly the same section, check the box alongside the particular site and then press the Delete button.