Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you create a site, another person may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they may simply put links directly to your website. That way, when a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues which could develop or that someone may be trying to deceive people into believing that they are in fact on your site. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you may enable hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you create an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all shared hosting plans which we offer and can be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be activated in two easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the main folder or within a subfolder and you will be good to go. You don't need any programming expertise or any experience with this type of matters, because there will be nothing else to do. If you'd like to remove the protection eventually, you can see all the sites which are protected in the same exact section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you don't want other individuals to use your images on their websites without your authorization, you can easily switch on the hotlink security feature, which is offered with all semi-dedicated server packages. Instead of generating an .htaccess file by hand in the website folder and writing some code in it, which is the standard method to deny direct linking to files, you can use a very simple tool, which we've incorporated into the Hepsia Control Panel. By using it, you'll only need to choose the site that needs to be protected and our system will do the rest. Optionally, you can determine whether the .htaccess file needs to be generated straight in the root folder or in a subfolder, in case you'd like to enable the hotlink protection feature just for some content and not for the entire Internet site. Deactivating it is just as easy - you will simply have to mark the checkbox next to the respective website and to click on the Delete button.