Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you build an Internet site, another person may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they may simply put links to your Internet site. This way, whenever a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues which could develop or that someone can be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are in fact on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
It shall not take more than several clicks to switch on the hotlink protection function which we offer even if this is the very first web hosting account that you use, since all our shared hosting come with a rather simple and easy to work with tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it features the exact same easy-to-use point & click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you would like to enable this service only for a particular site folder, you will have the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear within this section and you can easily turn off the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you do not want other people to use your images on their Internet sites without your authorization, you could easily enable the hotlink security function, which is available with all semi-dedicated server packages. Instead of generating an .htaccess file manually in the site folder and writing some code in it, which is the traditional approach to deny direct linking to files, you can use a very simple tool, that we've included in the Hepsia CP. Using it, you will only have to pick the Internet site which should be protected and our system shall do the rest. Additionally, you can determine if the .htaccess file will be created straight inside the root folder or inside a subfolder, if you would like to enable the hotlink security function only for some content and not for the entire Internet site. Disabling it is just as effortless - you'll simply have to mark the checkbox alongside the respective website and to click on the Delete button.