Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you build a website, someone else may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they can simply put links directly to your site. In this way, every time a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright issues that could present themselves or that someone could be trying to trick people into believing that they're actually on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

It will not take more than several mouse clicks to activate the hotlink protection feature which we offer you even if this is the 1st web hosting account which you use, because all our Linux cloud web hosting service include a rather simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our advanced Hepsia Control Panel, so it features the very same easy-to-use point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply need to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you would like to activate this feature only for a particular website folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you could disable the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that another person is linking to your files without your consent, you could easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection function which we provide. While the conventional technique of doing this is to generate an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which is able to execute this automatically and you'll only need to pick the website in question and to determine whether our system should create the necessary file inside the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia CP and provides the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any complications even when you have never used any website hosting service before. You may deactivate the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click from the same section.