Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you create a website, somebody else may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they can simply put links straight to your website. That way, when a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright issues which can develop or that somebody could be trying to trick people into believing that they are in fact on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you could enable hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

Due to the fact that our Linux cloud website hosting provide a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to shield your content from showing on third-party websites with literally no more than 2 clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this sort of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and when you open it, you will just have to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. Furthermore, you can also select if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You will not need to do anything else, due to the fact that our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the desired location and shall add the needed code inside it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed inside the very same section, so you can easily disable this service for any of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you find out that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the security tool which we have developed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Whenever you switch on this function, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party site as a substitute for your real images. You'll only need to navigate to the Hotlink Protection section inside the Control Panel and pick the domain or subdomain that your site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it's as easy as that. When necessary, you'll also have the option to activate the feature for a specific subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the protection is just as easy - get back to the exact same section, check the box alongside the specific Internet site and then press the Delete button.