Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you build an Internet site, somebody else may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their Internet site, they may simply put links to your Internet site. This way, each time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues that may appear or that someone may be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're actually on your site. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files can also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

It won't take more than several clicks to activate the hotlink security feature which we offer you even if this is the very first web hosting account that you use, because all our Linux cloud website hosting packages include a very simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is an element of our revolutionary Hepsia Control Panel, so it provides the same easy-to-use point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to secure from a drop-down list. If you'd like to switch on this feature only for a certain Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with enabled hotlink protection will appear in this section and you can easily disable the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that someone is linking to your files without your consent, you can easily cut them off by activating the hotlink protection function that we offer. While the conventional method of doing that is to generate an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool that can perform this automatically and you will simply have to choose the website in question and to decide whether our system should set up the necessary file inside the main folder or in a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia CP and offers exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no problems even in case you have never used any website hosting service before. You could disable the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a mouse click through the exact same section.