Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you build a site, some other person may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own website, they could simply put links to your website. This way, each time a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues which could present themselves or that someone can be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're in fact on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files can also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you can activate hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

It shall not take more than a few clicks to enable the hotlink protection function we provide even if this is the first website hosting account you use, because all of our hosting come with a very simple and easy to work with tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it has the same exact easy-to-use point & click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only need to pick the domain or subdomain that you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to switch on this function only for a specific Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will appear in this section and you could turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given website and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

Our company offers a simple solution to secure your content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you can benefit from it with several mouse clicks. The common way to enable server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a few directives within it. With the tool which you'll find in the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply have to choose the site which you need to protect and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, adding all the essential content inside it. You could also use this option for only one folder as opposed to the whole website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be enabled, you can disable it with just one mouse click via the same exact section of your Control Panel.