Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you create a website, some other person may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their site, they could simply put links directly to your site. In this way, every time a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems which can present themselves or that somebody can be trying to trick people into believing that they're actually on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

Due to the fact that our web hosting feature a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to protect 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 kind of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you'll just have to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Additionally, you could also select if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You won't have to do anything else, as our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the desired location and will add the needed code in it. All websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed within the same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with just a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that someone is linking to your files without your permission, you could easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security function we offer. While the conventional method of doing this is to create an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can perform this automatically and you shall simply have to select the website in question and to decide whether our system should create the needed file inside the main folder or in a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and features the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without problems even when you have never used any website hosting service before. You are able to switch off the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click from the exact same section.