Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you build a site, some other person may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own website, they could simply put links directly to your Internet site. In this way, each time a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems that can develop or that somebody could be trying to trick people into believing that they are actually on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files can also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

There's a simple method for preventing the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally give you a very easy-to-work-with tool that will allow you to activate the protection with just a few clicks and without typing any code. The tool can be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all our Linux hosting service and the only two things that you'll have to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection needs to be enabled for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you shall not have to do anything else by hand on your end. If you decide to turn off the hotlink protection option at some point, you'll only have to come back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that somebody is linking to your files without your authorization, you could easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection function which we offer you. While the regular way to do this is to create an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which is able to perform this automatically and you will only have to choose the website in question and to determine whether our system should create the required file in the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is part of our customized Hepsia CP and has the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without issues even if you have never used any web hosting service before. You may deactivate the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a click through the exact same section.