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

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

There's a method for preventing the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we also give you a very easy-to-use tool that will allow you to enable the protection with a couple of clicks and without inputting any code. The tool could be accessed via the Hepsia CP, offered with all our web hosting and the only two things that you will have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection should be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you shall not need to do anything else personally on your end. If you decide to turn off the hotlink protection option eventually, you'll only have to come back to the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We provide an effective solution to secure your content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you'll be able to take full advantage of it with a couple of mouse clicks. The usual way to turn on server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to include a few directives in it. With the tool that you'll discover in the Hepsia CP, provided with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply need to select the Internet site which you want to protect and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the required content inside it. You may also use this option for only one folder instead of the whole Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be active, you may disable it with one mouse click via the exact same section of your CP.