Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you build an Internet site, somebody 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 may simply put links to your site. This way, every time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems which can arise or that somebody may be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're actually on your website. In rare situations, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you can activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

There's a simple way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we also give you a very intuitive tool that will allow you to activate the protection with a few clicks and without typing any code. The tool could be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all our website hosting and the only 2 things that you'll need to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection should be activated for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you won't have to do anything else personally on your end. If you wish to deactivate the hotlink protection option eventually, you will simply have to revisit exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that another person is linking to your files without your consent, you will be able to easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security function we offer. While the conventional way to do that is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that can easily execute this automatically and you shall only need to pick the website in question and to decide whether our system should generate the needed file within the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is part of our customized Hepsia Control Panel and has the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any complications even when you have never used any hosting service before. You could deactivate the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click through exactly the same section.