Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you develop a 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 own Internet site, they can simply put links straight to your Internet site. This way, when a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues which may arise or that someone can be trying to deceive people into believing that they are actually on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you can activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

There's a way of avoiding 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 furthermore provide a very easy-to-use tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with just a few clicks and without writing any code. The tool can be accessed via the Hepsia CP, offered with all our website hosting and the only two things which you will have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection has to be enabled for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you shall not have to do anything else by hand on your end. If you decide to turn off the hotlink protection option eventually, you will just need to revisit exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you don't want other people to use your images on their Internet sites without your permission, you may easily enable the hotlink security function, that is offered with all semi-dedicated server package deals. Rather than creating an .htaccess file manually within the Internet site folder and writing some code in it, which is the traditional method to deny direct linking to files, you could use a really simple tool, that we've integrated into the Hepsia CP. With it, you will only have to select the Internet site which has to be protected and our system shall do the rest. Optionally, you can decide if the .htaccess file needs to be set up directly inside the root folder or in a subfolder, if you'd like to enable the hotlink protection function only for some content and not for the whole website. Deactivating it is just as easy - you'll only need to mark the checkbox beside the particular site and to click on the Delete button.