Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you create an Internet site, another person may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their Internet site, they may simply put links to your site. That way, when a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues which can present themselves or that somebody can be trying to trick people into thinking that they're actually on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

There's a way of preventing the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we also provide a very helpful tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with just a few clicks and without writing any code. The tool could be accessed via the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all our cloud hosting and the only 2 things that you'll need to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection must be activated for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you shall not have to do anything else manually on your end. If you want to turn off the hotlink protection option at one point, you'll only have to go back to exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you discover that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the protection tool we've designed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Once you activate this feature, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party website in place of your real images. You'll only have to check out the Hotlink Protection section inside the CP and pick the domain or subdomain which your website uses from a handy drop-down menu - it is as basic as that. If required, you shall also have the option to enable the function just for a particular subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the protection is as easy - return to exactly the same section, check the box alongside the specific Internet site and then press the Delete button.