Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you create a site, another person may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they can simply put links directly to your website. That way, every time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues that can arise or that somebody can be trying to deceive people into believing that they are in fact 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 could activate hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
There's a way of avoiding 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 also offer a very easy-to-work-with tool that shall permit you to enable the protection with a couple of mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool can be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all our shared web hosting and the only two things that you'll have to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection has to be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else by hand on your end. If you wish to disable the hotlink protection option at some point, you will only have to come back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that someone is linking to your files without your consent, you can easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection feature that we offer. While the common method of doing that is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which is able to perform this automatically and you shall only have to select the website in question and to determine whether our system should set up the necessary file within the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and offers exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no issues even in case you have never used any web hosting service before. You'll be able to turn off the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click from the exact same section.