Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you create a website, somebody 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 site, they could simply put links directly to your website. This way, each time a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues which could arise or that somebody could be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are actually on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you may enable hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case that you don't have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all shared web hosting packages that we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be turned on in 2 basic steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the main folder or in a subfolder and you'll be all set. You do not need any computer programming capabilities or any experience with this kind of matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to disable the protection eventually, you will be able to see all of the Internet sites that are protected in the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you do not want other people to use your images on their Internet sites without your authorization, you can easily switch on the hotlink security feature, which is provided with all semi-dedicated server package deals. As an alternative to setting up an .htaccess file yourself inside the website folder and writing some code inside it, which is the traditional method to deny direct linking to files, you can use an exceptionally simple tool, which we've included in the Hepsia Control Panel. By using it, you'll only need to choose the website which has to be protected and our system will do the rest. Also, you can make a decision if the .htaccess file will be created directly within the root folder or in a subfolder, if you want to activate the hotlink security feature just for some content and not for the whole Internet site. Disabling it is just as fast - you will simply have to mark the checkbox alongside the particular site and to click on the Delete button.