Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you build a site, somebody else may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own website, they may simply put links directly to your site. In this way, whenever a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues which could arise or that somebody may be trying to trick people into thinking that they are in fact on your site. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
There's a simple way of preventing the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore give you a very easy-to-work-with tool that shall permit you to enable the protection with a couple of mouse clicks and without inputting any code. The tool could be accessed through the Hepsia CP, which comes with all our Linux shared hosting service and the only 2 things which you'll need to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection has to be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you won't need to do anything else manually on your end. If you choose to turn off the hotlink protection option at one point, you'll just have to go back to the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We provide you with a simple solution to protect your entire content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you'll be able to take full advantage of it with several mouse clicks. The usual approach to activate server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives within it. With the tool which you will find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply need to pick the site which you would like to secure and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, including all the required content inside it. You may also use this function for just one folder instead of the entire Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be switched on, you'll be able to disable it with one click via the same section of your Control Panel.