Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you develop a website, someone else may want to use the images which 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 Internet site. In this way, every time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues which can develop or that somebody could be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're actually on your site. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files could also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
There's a simple way to avoid the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we additionally give you a very time and effort saving tool that will permit you to activate the protection with several mouse clicks and without entering any code. The tool may be accessed through the Hepsia CP, provided with all our Linux website hosting service and the only two things which you'll have to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection should be enabled for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you won't have to do anything else personally on your end. If you decide to disable the hotlink protection option at some point, you'll just have to revisit exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to press the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that someone is linking to your files without your permission, you can easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection feature we provide. While the standard way to do that is to generate an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which can execute this automatically and you'll simply have to choose the Internet site in question and to determine whether our system should set up the necessary file in the main folder or in a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and features the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no problems even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You can switch off the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a click through exactly the same section.