Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you build a website, another person may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they can simply put links directly to your website. That way, each time a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues which could present themselves or that someone could be trying to trick people into believing that they are actually on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files could also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you can activate hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

Since our cloud hosting come with a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you will be able to defend your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than two mouse clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this kind of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you will just need to pick the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Furthermore, you can also pick if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You shall not need to do anything else, because our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the desired location and shall add the necessary code inside it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed within the same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that somebody is linking to your files without your permission, you will be able to easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection feature which we offer you. While the common technique of doing that is to set up an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can do this automatically and you'll only have to pick the Internet site in question and to determine whether our system should create the needed file within the main folder or in a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and features exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any difficulties even in case you have never used any hosting service before. You can turn off the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a mouse click from the exact same section.