Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you develop a site, some other person may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their site, they may simply put links to your site. In this way, whenever a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues which can present themselves or that someone may be trying to trick people into believing that they're actually on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

Due to the fact that our shared web hosting provide a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you will be able to defend your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than two mouse clicks, even if you don't have much experience with this sort of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you'll only have to pick the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Furthermore, you may also pick if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically in the desired location and shall add the required code in it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed inside exactly the same section, so you can disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide you with an effective solution to shield your entire content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you can take full advantage of it with a few clicks. The usual way to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives within it. With the tool that you will find in the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to pick the website that you would like to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the needed content in it. You can also use this function for only one folder instead of the entire site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be switched on, you'll be able to disable it with a single click through the exact same section of your Control Panel.