Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you create a site, some other person may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their site, they can simply put links straight to your Internet site. That way, when a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright problems which could appear or that somebody may be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're in fact on your Internet site. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

There's a way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally provide a very helpful tool that will permit you to activate the protection with several mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool could be accessed through the Hepsia CP, included with all our Linux cloud hosting and the only 2 things that you'll have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection has to be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you shall not need to do anything else manually on your end. If you decide to disable the hotlink protection option at some point, you will just have to go back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We offer a simple solution to secure your content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you could take advantage of it with just a few mouse clicks. The conventional technique to enable server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives within it. With the tool which you'll discover in the Hepsia CP, provided with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to choose the website that you would like to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all of the essential content within it. You can even use this feature for only one folder instead of the entire website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be active, you'll be able to disable it with a single click through the very same section of your CP.