Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you build an Internet site, someone else may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own website, they can simply put links straight to your website. That way, whenever a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems that may present themselves or that someone could be trying to trick people into believing that they're actually on your website. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you create an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all cloud hosting packages that we offer and can be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be enabled in 2 basic steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the main folder or within a subfolder and you'll be good to go. You don't need any coding capabilities or any experience with such matters, because there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to disable the protection eventually, you could see all the sites that are protected in the same section of the CP with a Delete button beside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide a simple solution to secure your content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you are able to benefit from it with several clicks. The standard way to activate server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a few directives within it. With the tool which you'll discover in the Hepsia CP, which comes with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply have to pick the site that you would like to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, including all the needed content in it. You can also use this option for only one folder rather than the entire Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be active, you'll be able to deactivate it with just one click from the same exact section of your Control Panel.