Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you create a website, some other person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they may simply put links directly to your website. That way, when a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems that may arise or that somebody can be trying to trick people into thinking that they are in fact on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files could also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

There's a simple way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we also offer a very user-friendly tool that will permit you to enable the protection with a few mouse clicks and without entering any code. The tool may be accessed through the Hepsia CP, offered with all our hosting plans and the only 2 things that you will have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection has to be enabled for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else personally on your end. If you wish to deactivate the hotlink protection option sometime, you'll just need to revisit the exact same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you do not want other people to use your images on their Internet sites without your consent, you could easily switch on the hotlink security feature, which is supplied with all semi-dedicated server packages. Rather than generating an .htaccess file manually within the Internet site folder and writing some code within it, which is the common method to deny direct linking to files, you can use an exceedingly simple tool, that we have incorporated into the Hepsia CP. From it, you'll simply have to choose the site that should be secured and our system will do the rest. Optionally, you can decide if the .htaccess file will be generated directly inside the root folder or within a subfolder, when you want to enable the hotlink security function just for some content and not for the entire Internet site. Stopping it is just as easy - you will simply have to mark the checkbox next to the specific site and to click on the Delete button.