Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you develop a site, another person may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their site, they may simply put links to your Internet site. This way, each time a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues which could develop or that somebody may be trying to trick people into thinking that they're in fact on your site. In rare instances, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

There's a simple way of preventing the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore provide a very user-friendly tool that will allow you to enable the protection with a few clicks and without entering any code. The tool could be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all our Linux cloud packages and the only two things that you'll need to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection must be activated for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else manually on your end. If you choose to deactivate the hotlink protection option at some point, you will just need to return to the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that somebody is linking to your files without your permission, you may easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security function that we provide. While the standard technique of doing that is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that is able to execute this automatically and you will only need to choose the site in question and to determine whether our system should set up the necessary file inside the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and offers the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any problems even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You could turn off the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a mouse click through the same section.