Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you create a site, some other person may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they may simply put links 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, not to mention the copyright issues which may arise or that somebody could be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are actually on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files could also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

There's a simple way of preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore offer a very time and effort saving tool that shall permit you to enable the protection with a couple of mouse clicks and without typing any code. The tool can be accessed via the Hepsia CP, included with all our hosting and the only 2 things which you will have to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection has to be activated for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't need to do anything else by hand on your end. If you wish to turn off the hotlink protection option at one point, you'll only have to come back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you do not want other individuals to use your images on their websites without your authorization, you can easily switch on the hotlink protection feature, that is supplied with all semi-dedicated server packages. As an alternative to creating an .htaccess file manually in the site folder and writing some code within it, which is the traditional method to deny direct linking to files, you can use an exceptionally simple tool, that we've included in the Hepsia Control Panel. Using it, you'll only have to choose the Internet site that has to be secured and our system will do the rest. Moreover, you can determine if the .htaccess file will be set up directly within the root folder or within a subfolder, when you want to activate the hotlink protection feature only for some content and not for the entire Internet site. Disabling it is just as effortless - you will simply need to mark the checkbox alongside the respective website and to click on the Delete button.