Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you develop a website, some other 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 could simply put links directly to your site. That way, each time a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright issues that can appear or that somebody could be trying to trick people into believing that they are in fact on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files could also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you may enable hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

It shall not require more than several mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink protection function which we offer even if this is the 1st web hosting account which you use, due to the fact that all our shared hosting packages feature a simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it has the very same easy-to-use point-and-click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply need to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you'd like to enable this feature only for a specific website folder, you've got the option to do that. All 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 don't want others to use your images on their Internet sites without your approval, you may easily enable the hotlink protection function, that is available with all semi-dedicated server packages. As opposed to creating an .htaccess file by hand in the website folder and writing some code within it, which is the common approach to deny direct linking to files, you may use an exceedingly simple tool, which we have incorporated into the Hepsia CP. With it, you'll only need to select the site which needs to be protected and our system shall do the rest. Optionally, you can make a decision if the .htaccess file will be generated directly within the root folder or inside a subfolder, when you'd like to enable the hotlink security function only for some content and not for the entire Internet site. Deactivating it is just as simple - you will simply have to mark the checkbox alongside the specific Internet site and to click on the Delete button.