Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you create a site, some other person may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their site, they could simply put links to your site. This way, every time 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 problems which could appear or that somebody may be trying to trick people into thinking that they're in fact on your site. In rare situations, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid such situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
Because our cloud hosting plans come with a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you will be able to defend your content from appearing on third-party websites with literally only a couple of mouse clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this kind of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and when you open it, you'll just need to select the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Optionally, you could also pick if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and will include the needed code in it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection will be listed in the very same section, so you may disable this service for any of them with just a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that another person is linking to your files without your authorization, you may easily cut them off by activating the hotlink protection function that we offer you. While the regular technique of doing this is to set up an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which can execute this automatically and you will simply have to choose the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should set up the needed file inside the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and offers the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without any difficulties even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You'll be able to deactivate the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a click through the same section.