Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you build an Internet 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 site, they can simply put links straight to your website. That way, when a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright problems which may present themselves or that somebody may be trying to deceive people into believing that they're actually on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you create an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but just in case you do not have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all cloud hosting plans that we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be enabled in 2 basic steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the main folder or within a subfolder and you'll be all set. You do not need any computer programming expertise or any experience with this sort of matters, due to the fact that there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to turn off the protection at some time, you will be able to see all of the Internet sites which are protected inside the exact same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Our company offers a simple solution to shield your content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you can take full advantage of it with a couple of mouse clicks. The standard technique to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives in it. With the tool that you'll find within the Hepsia CP, offered with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply need to pick the website which you intend to secure and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the needed content within it. You could also use this option for just one folder as opposed to the entire Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be active, you could deactivate it with just one mouse click from the exact same section of your CP.