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

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you generate an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case that you don't have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all cloud website hosting packages which we offer and can be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be enabled in 2 basic steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the primary folder or in a subfolder and you shall be all set. You do not need any programming expertise or any experience with this sort of matters, due to the fact that there shall be nothing else to do. If you'd like to remove the protection at some time, you can see all of the websites which are protected within the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We offer an uncomplicated solution to shield your whole content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you are able to take advantage of it with several clicks. The usual approach to activate server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives within it. With the tool which you will find within the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to pick the Internet site that you intend to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the necessary content within it. You can even use this function for just one folder as opposed to the entire site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be switched on, you'll be able to deactivate it with one click via the exact same section of your Control Panel.