Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you develop a website, some other person may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own site, they may simply put links to your website. That way, when a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems that could present themselves or that someone could be trying to trick people into believing that they're in fact on your website. In rare situations, documents and other types of files could also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you can activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you create an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case that you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all cloud web hosting packages we offer and can be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be enabled in two easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file within the main folder or in a subfolder and you'll be good to go. You do not need any coding expertise or any experience with such matters, since there shall be nothing else to do. If you'd like to turn off the protection at some time, you could see all of the sites that are protected in the exact same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button beside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you find out that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the protection tool which we have designed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Whenever you switch on this feature, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party website as a substitute for your real images. You'll only need to visit the Hotlink Protection section in the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain that your Internet site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it is as simple as that. If required, you shall also have the option to activate the function only for a specific subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the function is equally easy - get back to the same section, check the box alongside the specific Internet site and then press the Delete button.