Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you develop an Internet site, somebody else may want to use the images you have and instead of 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, each 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 that may arise or that somebody may be trying to trick people into thinking that they're in fact on your website. 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 can enable hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
There's a way of preventing the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore give you a very user-friendly tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with a few clicks and without entering any code. The tool may be accessed via the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all our shared web hosting packages and the only two things which you'll need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection has to be enabled for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else personally on your end. If you decide to disable the hotlink protection option at some point, you'll only have to revisit the exact same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
We provide an effective solution to secure your whole content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you could benefit from it with a couple of clicks. The standard approach to turn on server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives inside it. With the tool that you'll find within the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to pick the Internet site that you intend to protect and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all the essential content within it. You may also use this feature for only one folder as opposed to the entire website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be enabled, you'll be able to disable it with a single mouse click via the same section of your CP.