Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you build 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 website. This way, whenever a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues that can develop or that someone could be trying to trick people into believing that they're in fact on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files can also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

Because our shared website hosting plans come with a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you will be able to shield your content from appearing on third-party sites with literally just a couple of mouse clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this kind of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and when you open it, you'll only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. Furthermore, you could also select if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, due to the fact that our system will create an .htaccess file automatically in the needed location and shall include the required code inside it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed within the very same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with just a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We offer a simple solution to protect your content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you can benefit from it with a couple of mouse clicks. The usual way for you to activate server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a few directives within it. With the tool that you'll find inside the Hepsia CP, offered with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply need to select the website which you need to secure and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, including all the necessary content within it. You can also use this option for only one folder as opposed to the entire site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be switched on, you can disable it with a single click from the exact same section of your Control Panel.