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

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you create an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all shared web hosting package deals we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be turned on in two easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file within the main folder or within a subfolder and you will be all set. You don't require any coding expertise or any experience with this type of matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you'd like to remove the protection at some time, you could see all of the Internet sites which are protected within the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide an uncomplicated solution to protect your whole content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you could take advantage of it with just a few mouse clicks. The conventional way for you to enable server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a few directives inside it. With the tool which you'll discover in the Hepsia CP, offered with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to select the Internet site that you need to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, including all of the required content in it. You can even use this feature for just one folder as opposed to the whole site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be active, you can deactivate it with a single mouse click from the very same section of your CP.