Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you create an Internet site, another person may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they could simply put links straight to your site. That way, whenever a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues which can develop or that someone may be trying to trick people into believing that they're in fact on your website. In rare instances, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
It will not take more than a couple of clicks to switch on the hotlink security feature that we provide even if this is the very first website hosting account you use, due to the fact that all our web hosting include a very simple and user-friendly tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it features the very same easy-to-use point & click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to choose the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to activate this feature only for a specific site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection will appear in this section and you can easily disable the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you don't want other individuals to use your images on their Internet sites without your approval, you may easily switch on the hotlink security feature, that's supplied with all semi-dedicated server plans. Rather than generating an .htaccess file yourself within the website folder and writing some code in it, which is the standard approach to deny direct linking to files, you may use a really simple tool, which we have incorporated into the Hepsia CP. By using it, you'll only have to choose the Internet site that should be protected and our system shall do the rest. Moreover, you can choose if the .htaccess file will be created directly in the root folder or within a subfolder, in case you want to activate the hotlink protection feature only for some content and not for the whole website. Deactivating it is just as simple - you'll only have to mark the checkbox alongside the respective website and to click on the Delete button.