Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you build a website, somebody else may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they can simply put links to your site. That way, each time a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues that may present themselves or that someone could be trying to trick people into believing that they're in fact on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you may enable hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

As our website hosting come with a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to shield your content from appearing on third-party websites with literally no more than 2 mouse clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with this kind of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you will only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. Furthermore, you may also choose if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the preferred location and will include the needed code inside it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed in the same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that somebody is linking to your files without your consent, you can easily cut them off by activating the hotlink protection function that we provide. While the regular method of doing that is to set up an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which can do this automatically and you shall simply have to choose the site in question and to choose whether our system should generate the required file in the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is an element of our customized Hepsia CP and features the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no issues even if you have never used any website hosting service before. You may disable the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a mouse click from the exact same section.