Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you develop a site, another person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their website, they may simply put links straight to your site. In this way, when a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems that may present themselves or that somebody could be trying to trick people into thinking that they're actually on your website. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

Because our Linux web hosting include a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you will be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than 2 mouse clicks, even if you do not have much experience with such matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you will only have to choose the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Optionally, you may also choose if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, as our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the desired location and shall add the needed code within it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed within the very same section, so you can disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you find out that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the protection tool which we have created and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. When you enable this option, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party website rather than your real images. You will only need to check out the Hotlink Protection section inside the CP and pick the domain or subdomain your site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it's as elementary as that. If required, you'll also have the option to activate the function just for a specific subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the protection is equally easy - get back to the very same section, check the box next to the specific Internet site and then press the Delete button.