Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you create a website, another person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own website, they may simply put links directly to your website. This way, when a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues that may develop or that someone may be trying to trick people into believing that they're actually on your site. In rare instances, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
It shall not take more than a few clicks to enable the hotlink protection function which we provide even if this is the first website hosting account that you use, as all our web hosting plans come with a simple and user-friendly tool that will allow you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our advanced Hepsia CP, so it has the exact same intuitive point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only need to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you want to activate this function only for a particular site folder, you will have the option to do that. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you can deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given website and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We offer an effective solution to shield your whole content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you could take full advantage of it with several clicks. The conventional way for you to activate server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a few directives in it. With the tool which you'll discover in the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to choose the website that you intend to secure and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, including all the needed content inside it. You may also use this function for only one folder as opposed to the whole Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be switched on, you may deactivate it with one mouse click from the same section of your CP.