Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you create a website, someone else may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they could simply put links to your site. That way, whenever a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright issues that may present themselves or that somebody can be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're in fact on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you may permit hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you create an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all cloud website hosting package deals that we offer and could be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be enabled in two simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you will be good to go. You don't need any computer programming expertise or any experience with this type of matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you would like to turn off the protection at some point, you will be able to see all the Internet sites which are protected inside the same exact section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

Our company offers an effective solution to protect your entire content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you could take advantage of it with a couple of clicks. The usual technique to activate server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives in it. With the tool which you'll find within the Hepsia Control Panel, supplied with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to select the website which you would like to protect and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all of the needed content within it. You may also use this function for only one folder as opposed to the whole site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be switched on, you could deactivate it with one mouse click through the very same section of your Control Panel.