Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you build a site, another person may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they may simply put links to your site. In this way, when a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright problems that can present themselves or that someone could be trying to trick people into thinking that they're in fact on your site. In rare situations, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you may permit hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
You can easily protect your content if you create an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all shared web hosting plans which we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be enabled in two simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file within the main folder or inside a subfolder and you will be ready. You do not need any coding expertise or any experience with such matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to disable the protection at some time, you will be able to see all the websites which are protected inside the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that another person is linking to your files without your authorization, you can easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security feature that we provide. While the standard way to do this is to set up an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that is able to execute this automatically and you'll only have to select the site in question and to determine whether our system should set up the necessary file in the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom Hepsia CP and offers exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without difficulties even in case you have never used any web hosting service before. You could deactivate the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a mouse click from exactly the same section.