Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you create an Internet site, somebody else may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they could simply put links straight to your site. In this way, every time a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues which could appear or that someone could be trying to trick people into thinking that they're in fact on your Internet site. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files could also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you may enable hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

Since our shared web hosting plans include a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to defend your content from showing on third-party websites with literally no more than a couple of mouse clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this type of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you will only have to pick the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Optionally, you may also select if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, because our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the desired location and shall add the necessary code in it. All sites with active hotlink protection will be listed inside exactly the same section, so you can easily disable this service for each of them with just a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that another person is linking to your files without your authorization, you will be able to easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security feature we provide. While the common method of doing this is to set up an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that can easily perform this automatically and you shall simply have to select the Internet site in question and to choose whether our system should generate the needed file within the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and offers the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no difficulties even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You may deactivate the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a mouse click from the exact same section.