Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you develop a site, somebody else may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their website, they may simply put links directly to your site. In this way, when 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 could arise or that someone may be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are in fact on your website. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you may enable hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you set up an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all shared hosting plans we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be enabled in 2 basic steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you will be all set. You don't require any computer programming capabilities or any experience with this kind of matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to disable the protection eventually, you could see all the sites which are protected inside the exact same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that someone is linking to your files without your approval, you could easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security feature we offer. While the standard technique of doing this is to set up an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which is able to execute this automatically and you'll simply have to choose the website in question and to decide whether our system should generate the required file inside the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is part of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and offers the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no complications even when you have never used any website hosting service before. You are able to disable the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a mouse click through the same section.