Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you create a site, somebody else may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own website, they can simply put links straight to your site. In this way, each time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues that could appear or that someone could be trying to trick people into thinking that they are actually on your website. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you could enable hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

Since our Linux cloud hosting provide a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you will be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party websites with literally no more than two clicks, even if you don't have much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you will just need to pick the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Optionally, you could also pick if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the needed location and will include the needed code in it. All websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed inside the very same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We offer an effective solution to protect your whole content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you'll be able to take advantage of it with a couple of clicks. The usual approach to enable server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a few directives in it. With the tool which you will find in the Hepsia CP, supplied with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply need to select the site which you would like to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the required content inside it. You can also use this feature for just one folder rather than the whole Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be switched on, you may disable it with a single mouse click via the very same section of your CP.