Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you develop an Internet site, some other person may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their website, they can simply put links to your website. This way, whenever a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues which may develop or that somebody could be trying to trick people into thinking that they're in fact on your site. In rare instances, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you may permit hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you create an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case that you don't have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all website hosting package deals which we offer and could be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be enabled in two basic steps - select the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file within the primary folder or in a subfolder and you will be good to go. You do not need any coding skills or any experience with such matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to disable the protection eventually, you can see all the Internet sites which are protected within the very same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that somebody is linking to your files without your authorization, you could easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink protection function that we offer you. While the regular method of doing this is to generate an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which can easily do this automatically and you'll only need to pick the site in question and to decide whether our system should create the needed file inside the primary folder or in a subfolder. The tool is a component of our customized Hepsia CP and has the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without difficulties even in case 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.