Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you develop a site, somebody else may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they can simply put links to your Internet site. In this way, every time a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems which can appear or that somebody could be trying to deceive people into believing that they're actually on your site. In rare situations, documents and other types of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you may permit hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

As our shared website hosting services provide a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to protect your content from displaying on third-party websites with literally just two mouse clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with such matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you'll just have to pick the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Optionally, you may also select if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, due to the fact that our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the desired location and will add the needed code within it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed within exactly the same section, so you can disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that somebody is linking to your files without your consent, you may easily cut them off by activating the hotlink protection function which we provide. While the typical way to do that is to generate an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which can easily perform this automatically and you will simply have to choose the website in question and to decide whether our system should set up the required file within the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and has the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any complications even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You are able to turn off the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a click through exactly the same section.