Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you build an Internet site, some other person may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they may simply put links straight to your website. This way, each time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues that may present themselves or that someone may be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are actually on your Internet site. In rare instances, documents and other types of files could also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you may enable hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
Because our cloud plans include a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to protect your content from appearing on third-party websites with literally just two clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this kind of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you'll only need to select the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Furthermore, you could also select if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You will not need to do anything else, because our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the desired location and shall add the required code within it. All sites with active hotlink protection will be listed inside exactly the same section, so you can disable this service for each of them with just a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We offer an effective solution to secure your whole content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you are able to take advantage of it with a few mouse clicks. The usual way to activate server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives in it. With the tool that you will find in the Hepsia CP, provided with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only need to choose the website which you want to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the needed content within it. You may also use this option for just one folder as opposed to the entire site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be enabled, you can deactivate it with one mouse click via the same exact section of your CP.