Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you create a website, somebody else may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they can simply put links directly to your site. In this way, every time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues that can present themselves or that somebody could be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're in fact on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you may enable hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

As our Linux shared hosting include a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to protect your content from showing on third-party websites with literally no more than 2 clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this sort of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you will just need to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. Optionally, you can also choose if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You'll not have to do anything else, because our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the desired location and shall include the required code in it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection will be listed inside the same section, so that you can disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide a simple solution to shield your whole content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you can take advantage of it with a couple of mouse clicks. The common way for you to enable server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a few directives within it. With the tool that you will find within the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to pick the site which you need to protect and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all the necessary content inside it. You may also use this feature for just one folder as opposed to the whole website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be active, you may deactivate it with one mouse click via the same exact section of your Control Panel.