Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build a website, 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 site, they can simply put links straight to your Internet site. This way, whenever a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues which may arise or that somebody could be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are actually on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files could also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you create an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all hosting packages which we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be enabled in two basic steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file within the main folder or within a subfolder and you'll be ready. You don't need any coding capabilities or any experience with this sort of matters, because there shall be nothing else to do. If you would like to remove the protection at some time, you will be able to see all of the sites that are protected inside the same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We provide a simple solution to secure your entire content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you can benefit from it with a couple of mouse clicks. The usual way to activate server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a few directives in it. With the tool which you'll find in the Hepsia Control Panel, supplied with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to pick the site that you want to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all of the required content inside it. You can even use this function for only one folder rather than the entire Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be active, you may deactivate it with just one mouse click through the same exact section of your CP.