Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you create a site, some other person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own website, they could simply put links directly to your site. In this way, whenever a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems that may present themselves or that someone may be trying to deceive people into believing that they are actually on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files can also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

There is a method for preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we furthermore offer a very easy-to-use tool that shall permit you to enable the protection with a few mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool can be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all our Linux cloud website hosting and the only two things that you will need to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection should be enabled for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else by hand on your end. If you want to disable the hotlink protection option at some point, you'll just need to go back to exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you don't want other individuals to use your images on their sites without your approval, you may easily activate the hotlink protection function, that's available with all semi-dedicated server plans. Instead of setting up an .htaccess file yourself inside the website folder and writing some code in it, which is the conventional way to deny direct linking to files, you can use an incredibly simple tool, that we have incorporated into the Hepsia Control Panel. From it, you'll only need to pick the Internet site which needs to be secured and our system shall do the rest. Moreover, you can make a decision if the .htaccess file will be set up straight inside the root folder or within a subfolder, in case you want to activate the hotlink security function just for some content and not for the entire site. Disabling it is just as easy - you'll only have to mark the checkbox beside the respective site and to click on the Delete button.