Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you create a site, somebody else may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own website, they could simply put links directly to your website. That way, when a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues that may develop or that somebody could be trying to trick people into believing that they are in fact on your Internet site. In rare situations, documents and other types of files can also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you may enable hotlink protection for your Internet site.
Hotlinking Protection in Hosting
Due to the fact that our hosting feature a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you will be able to defend your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally just two mouse clicks, even if you do not have a lot of experience with such matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you will only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Optionally, you could also select if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, due to the fact that our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the desired location and will include the needed code within it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed inside exactly the same section, so you can disable this service for each of them with just a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
Our company offers an effective solution to protect your content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you can take full advantage of it with a couple of clicks. The standard way for you to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives within it. With the tool that you'll discover in the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply need to choose the Internet site which you intend to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, including all of the required content within it. You may also use this feature for only one folder as opposed to the whole website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be switched on, you'll be able to disable it with a single mouse click from the very same section of your CP.