Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you build a website, somebody else may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they can simply put links straight to your Internet site. This way, every time a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues which could appear or that somebody could be trying to deceive people into believing that they are actually on your Internet site. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

It will not take more than a few mouse clicks to enable the hotlink protection feature we provide even if this is the 1st website hosting account which you use, as all of our web hosting plans include a quite simple and easy to work with tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the exact same easy-to-use point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only need to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect from a drop-down list. If you would like to activate this feature only for a certain site folder, you've got the option to do that. All sites with active hotlink protection will appear in this section and you could turn off the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that another person is linking to your files without your permission, you will be able to easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection function we offer you. While the regular method of doing that is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that is able to execute this automatically and you shall only have to pick the site in question and to choose whether our system should generate the needed file within the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and provides exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without issues even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You are able to turn off the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a click from the same section.