Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you create a website, another person may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they can simply put links to your site. In this way, when a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems that can arise or that somebody could be trying to trick people into believing that they're actually on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid such situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
Since our cloud hosting service feature a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to secure your content from appearing on third-party websites with literally only 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'll just need to choose the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Additionally, you may also select if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You shall not need to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the desired location and shall add the needed code within it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed within the exact same section, so you can disable this service for each of them with just a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you do not want others to use your images on their Internet sites without your permission, you could easily enable the hotlink protection function, that is provided with all semi-dedicated server plans. Rather than creating an .htaccess file by hand within the Internet site folder and writing some code in it, which is the common way to deny direct linking to files, you could use a really simple tool, which we've included in the Hepsia Control Panel. Using it, you'll only need to select the site which has to be protected and our system will do the rest. Furthermore, you can determine whether the .htaccess file needs to be generated straight in the root folder or in a subfolder, when you want to activate the hotlink protection function just for some content and not for the entire site. Deactivating it is just as easy - you'll only need to mark the checkbox alongside the specific site and to click on the Delete button.