Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you create a website, some other person may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their website, they may simply put links to your Internet site. That way, each time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues that could develop or that somebody may be trying to deceive people into believing that they're actually on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid such situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

Because our cloud hosting come with a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party sites with literally no more than two clicks, even if you don't have much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you'll only have to pick the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Furthermore, you may also pick if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and shall include the necessary code in it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed in exactly the same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that another person is linking to your files without your consent, you will be able to easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security feature we provide. While the common method of doing this is to set up an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can execute this automatically and you shall only have to pick the website in question and to decide whether our system should set up the required file in the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is part of our customized Hepsia CP and provides the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without complications even if you have never used any hosting service before. You can disable the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a click from the same section.