Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you develop an Internet site, another person may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they may simply put links to your website. This way, every time a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems which could arise or that somebody may be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are in fact on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files could 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 Shared Web Hosting

It will not require more than a number of mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink protection function we offer you even if this is the very first hosting account that you use, as all our Linux shared web hosting packages feature a very simple and easy to work with tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it provides the same exact intuitive point-and-click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply have to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to secure from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this feature only for a particular website folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear within this section and you can easily deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide you with an uncomplicated solution to shield your entire content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you could benefit from it with just a few mouse clicks. The standard approach to enable server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a few directives inside it. With the tool that you will find within the Hepsia CP, which comes with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to choose the website which you would like to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the needed content within it. You could also use this option for just one folder rather than the whole Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be active, you could disable it with one click through the same section of your Control Panel.