Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you create an Internet site, somebody else may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they may simply put links straight to your site. That way, each time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright issues which could arise or that somebody may be trying to trick people into thinking that they're in fact on your Internet site. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files can also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting
As our Linux shared website hosting plans feature a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you will be able to shield your content from showing on third-party sites with literally just two mouse clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with this type of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you will only need to select the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. In addition, you may also choose if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You won't have to do anything else, due to the fact that our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the desired location and will include the needed code inside it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed inside the very same section, so you may disable this service for any of them with a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that somebody is linking to your files without your authorization, you will be able to easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security function which we offer. While the regular way to do that is to generate an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can easily perform this automatically and you'll simply have to pick the website in question and to decide whether our system should create the required file within the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is part of our customized Hepsia Control Panel and features the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no problems even when you have never used any website hosting service before. You are able to disable the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a click from the same section.