Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you create a site, somebody else may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their Internet site, they may simply put links directly to your website. This way, when a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems which may appear or that somebody could be trying to trick people into thinking that they are in fact on your website. In rare situations, documents and other sorts of files can 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 Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you set up an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all website hosting packages which we offer and can be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be turned on in 2 simple steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or in a subfolder and you'll be all set. You don't require any computer programming expertise or any experience with this sort of matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to remove the protection eventually, you will be able to see all the Internet sites which are protected within the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button beside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide an effective solution to protect your whole content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you can benefit from it with a couple of clicks. The usual way to activate server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives within it. With the tool that you'll discover within the Hepsia CP, provided with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only need to choose the site which you intend to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all the necessary content in it. You could also use this option for only one folder as opposed to the whole site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be switched on, you can disable it with just one mouse click via the same exact section of your Control Panel.