Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you develop a website, some other person may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their website, they may simply put links straight to your website. In this way, each time a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright issues which could develop or that someone can be trying to trick people into believing that they are actually on your Internet site. In rare instances, documents and other types of files could also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you could enable hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all hosting package deals we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be turned on in 2 simple steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the main folder or in a subfolder and you'll be good to go. You do not need any programming capabilities or any experience with this kind of matters, due to the fact that there shall be nothing else to do. If you would like to remove the protection eventually, you will be able to see all of the sites that are protected within the same exact section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you don't want others to use your images on their websites without your consent, you could easily switch on the hotlink protection feature, which is offered with all semi-dedicated server packages. As an alternative to setting up an .htaccess file yourself inside the Internet site folder and writing some code within it, which is the common way to deny direct linking to files, you can use an exceptionally simple tool, that we've integrated into the Hepsia CP. Using it, you will simply need to choose the website which has to be protected and our system shall do the rest. Also, you can decide whether the .htaccess file needs to be set up straight inside the root folder or within a subfolder, in case you want to enable the hotlink security feature just for some content and not for the whole site. Deactivating it is just as simple - you'll only need to mark the checkbox next to the respective Internet site and to click on the Delete button.