Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you create an Internet site, another person may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their website, they can simply put links directly to your website. This way, each time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems that can arise or that someone could be trying to trick people into thinking that they're in fact on your Internet site. In rare instances, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
There is a way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we also give you a very intuitive tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with a few clicks and without writing any code. The tool may be accessed via the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all our shared web hosting services and the only two things which you will need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection must be activated for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you shall not need to do anything else by hand on your end. If you wish to turn off the hotlink protection option at one point, you'll just need to go back to the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to click on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that somebody is linking to your files without your permission, you may easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security feature we offer you. While the standard way to do this is to set up an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can easily do this automatically and you will only need to pick the Internet site in question and to determine whether our system should generate the needed file within the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is part of our customized Hepsia CP and offers the exact same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any difficulties even if you have never used any hosting service before. You'll be able to switch off the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a click through exactly the same section.