Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build a site, someone 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 site, they could simply put links directly to your site. This way, whenever a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems that can arise or that somebody may be trying to trick people into believing that they are in fact on your Internet site. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files can also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

Due to the fact that our Linux cloud hosting come with a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you will be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party websites with literally only a couple of mouse clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with such matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you'll just need to select the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Furthermore, you can also pick if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You will not need to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the desired location and shall add the necessary code in it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed within the same section, so you can easily disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you do not want other people to use your images on their websites without your authorization, you can easily switch on the hotlink security function, which is supplied with all semi-dedicated server packages. As an alternative to setting up an .htaccess file by hand inside the website folder and writing some code inside it, which is the common approach to deny direct linking to files, you could use a really simple tool, that we have included in the Hepsia Control Panel. From it, you will only have to select the Internet site which has to be secured and our system will do the rest. Furthermore, you can choose whether the .htaccess file needs to be generated directly inside the root folder or in a subfolder, if you'd like to enable the hotlink security feature just for some content and not for the whole Internet site. Disabling it is just as effortless - you will only have to mark the checkbox beside the specific Internet site and to click on the Delete button.