Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you create an Internet site, another person may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they can simply put links directly to your Internet site. In this way, every time a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems that can present themselves or that somebody can be trying to deceive people into believing that they are actually on your website. 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 activate hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

There's a way to avoid the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we furthermore provide a very easy-to-work-with tool that shall permit you to enable the protection with several clicks and without inputting any code. The tool can be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all our Linux cloud web hosting packages and the only two things which you'll have to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection has to be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you shall not need to do anything else by hand on your end. If you decide to disable the hotlink protection option at some point, you'll just need to return to exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you don't want other people to use your images on their sites without your consent, you can easily activate the hotlink security feature, which is offered with all semi-dedicated server package deals. As opposed to setting up an .htaccess file manually within the website folder and writing some code in it, which is the traditional way to deny direct linking to files, you may use a very simple tool, which we have incorporated into the Hepsia Control Panel. With it, you'll only have to pick the site which needs to be secured and our system will do the rest. Also, you can determine whether the .htaccess file will be set up directly within the root folder or in a subfolder, when you would like to enable the hotlink security feature only for some content and not for the entire website. Disabling it is just as simple - you will simply need to mark the checkbox alongside the specific site and to click on the Delete button.