Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you build a website, someone else may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they can simply put links to your site. This way, every time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems which could develop or that somebody could be trying to deceive people into believing that they're in fact on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files could also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you may enable hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

As our Linux web hosting come with a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to protect your content from displaying on third-party websites with literally no more than 2 mouse clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you'll just have to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. In addition, you can also select if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and will include the needed code within it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed within exactly the same section, so you can disable this service for any of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

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 switching on the hotlink security function we provide. While the typical technique of doing this is to set up an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that can execute this automatically and you shall only have to choose the website in question and to determine whether our system should create the required file within the main folder or in a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and offers exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without complications even in case you have never used any hosting service before. You are able to switch off the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a mouse click from the same section.