Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you build an Internet site, some other person may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their 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, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems that may arise or that somebody can be trying to trick people into thinking that they're in fact on your site. In rare situations, documents and other types of files could also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you could enable hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting
Since our cloud website hosting plans feature a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you will be able to secure your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally just a couple of mouse clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with this kind of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and when you open it, you will just need to choose the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Optionally, you can also select if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You shall not need to do anything else, as our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and shall add the required code within it. All websites with active hotlink protection will be listed inside exactly the same section, so you can disable this service for each of them with a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that another person is linking to your files without your permission, you could easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security feature we provide. While the common method of doing this is to generate an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool that can easily execute this automatically and you will only need to pick the website in question and to decide whether our system should create the required file within the main folder or within a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and provides the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any issues even if you have never used any hosting service before. You could disable the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a mouse click through exactly the same section.