Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build a website, somebody else may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their website, they could simply put links directly to your website. This way, every time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues which could develop or that somebody may be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're actually on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

Because our shared plans include a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to shield your content from displaying on third-party websites with literally only a couple of mouse clicks, even if you do not have much experience with such matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you will just need to choose the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Optionally, you could also select if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, due to the fact that our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and shall add the necessary code in it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed inside the same section, so you can disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you don't want others to use your images on their Internet sites without your permission, you can easily switch on the hotlink security function, that's available with all semi-dedicated server packages. As an alternative to creating an .htaccess file manually in the Internet site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the conventional approach to deny direct linking to files, you can use an exceptionally simple tool, which we've integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. By using it, you will only have to pick the website that has to be secured and our system shall do the rest. Furthermore, you can make a decision if the .htaccess file will be set up straight in the root folder or within a subfolder, if you'd like to enable the hotlink protection function just for some content and not for the entire website. Stopping it is just as easy - you'll only have to mark the checkbox beside the respective website and to click on the Delete button.