Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you build a site, some other person may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they can simply put links straight to your site. That way, when a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright issues which could arise or that someone can be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're actually on your site. In rare instances, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
There's a simple way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we furthermore give you a very time and effort saving tool that will allow you to activate the protection with a few clicks and without entering any code. The tool can be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all our shared hosting and the only two things that you will need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection must be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else manually on your end. If you decide to disable the hotlink protection option sometime, you'll just need to return to the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that somebody is linking to your files without your permission, you could easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection feature which we offer. While the common technique of doing this is to set up an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which can easily do this automatically and you'll simply have to select the site in question and to choose whether our system should generate the necessary file inside the main folder or in a subfolder. The tool is part of our customized Hepsia CP and has the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no complications even when you have never used any web hosting service before. You could disable the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a mouse click from exactly the same section.