Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you create an Internet site, someone else may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they could simply put links directly to your website. This way, when a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues that may appear or that someone can be trying to trick people into believing that they're in fact on your website. In rare instances, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

As our Linux shared packages come with a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you will be able to defend your content from showing on third-party sites with literally only 2 mouse clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you will only have to choose the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Furthermore, you could also select if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, as our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the preferred location and shall add the required code in it. All sites with active hotlink protection will be listed in the very same section, so you can easily disable this service for each of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide a simple solution to shield your entire content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you'll be able to take advantage of it with a couple of clicks. The standard way to enable server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives in it. With the tool which you'll find in the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply have to choose the website that you need to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all of the essential content within it. You could also use this feature for just one folder as opposed to the entire website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be enabled, you'll be able to deactivate it with just one click through the same exact section of your Control Panel.