Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you create a site, somebody else may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they may simply put links straight to your site. This 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, in addition to the copyright problems that may develop or that someone may be trying to trick people into believing that they're actually on your Internet site. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files can also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you could enable hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

Due to the fact that our cloud website hosting come with a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you will be able to secure your content from showing on third-party sites with literally just a couple of mouse clicks, even if you do not have much experience with such matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you'll only need to select the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. In addition, you may also select if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You won't have to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and will include the necessary code within it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed within the very same section, so that you can disable this service for any of them with just a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you discover that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the security tool which we have created and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. When you switch on this function, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party site instead of your actual images. You'll only need to check out the Hotlink Protection section in the Control Panel and pick the domain or subdomain your Internet site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it's as simple as that. When necessary, you'll also have the option to enable the function just for a specific subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the feature is equally effortless - get back to exactly the same section, check the box beside the particular Internet site and then click on the Delete button.