Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you create an Internet site, someone else may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their website, they may simply put links to your site. That way, every time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright problems that could arise or that someone could be trying to deceive people into believing that they're actually on your site. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you could enable hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

There's a way to avoid the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we additionally give you a very time and effort saving tool that will allow you to enable the protection with a few clicks and without inputting any code. The tool could be accessed via the Hepsia CP, provided with all our Linux cloud hosting packages and the only two things that you will have to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection needs to be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else manually on your end. If you decide to disable the hotlink protection option sometime, you'll just have to come back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We offer an effective solution to protect your entire content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you'll be able to take advantage of it with a few mouse clicks. The common technique to enable server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives within it. With the tool that you'll discover within the Hepsia CP, provided with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to select the site that you intend to protect and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all of the necessary content inside it. You can also use this function for only one folder rather than the whole website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be active, you can disable it with just one mouse click via the very same section of your Control Panel.