Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build a website, another person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they may simply put links straight to your Internet site. This way, whenever a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems that can present themselves or that someone may be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are actually on your Internet site. In rare situations, documents and other sorts of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

It will not take more than a few mouse clicks to enable the hotlink security feature we offer you even if this is the first hosting account which you use, since all of our Linux cloud web hosting include a rather simple and easy-to-use tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the exact same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only need to select the domain or subdomain that you want to secure from a drop-down list. If you want to enable this feature only for a particular site folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will appear in this section and you can turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given website and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We offer an uncomplicated solution to protect your whole content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you can take full advantage of it with just a few mouse clicks. The standard way for you to activate server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives within it. With the tool that you'll find within the Hepsia Control Panel, supplied with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply have to pick the website which you would like to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the essential content within it. You may also use this feature for just one folder as opposed to the whole Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be switched on, you may disable it with one mouse click through the same section of your CP.