Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you develop a website, 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 can simply put links to your Internet site. In this way, every time a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems which could develop or that someone may be trying to deceive people into believing that they are in fact on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files could also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid such situations, you could enable hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all cloud hosting plans we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be turned on in 2 easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or in a subfolder and you will be ready. You don't need any programming skills or any experience with such matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to disable the protection at some point, you can see all of the websites which are protected within the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button next to each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you find out that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the security tool that we have designed and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Whenever you switch on this feature, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party website rather than your actual images. You will only need to go to the Hotlink Protection section inside the CP and pick the domain or subdomain your site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it's as elementary as that. If needed, you shall also have the option to activate the function only for a particular subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the function is equally easy - return to the very same section, check the box alongside the given website and then click on the Delete button.