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 which you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own website, they may simply put links to your website. That way, when a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues that may present themselves or that somebody could be trying to trick people into thinking that they are in fact on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your Internet site.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting
As our Linux cloud website hosting services come with a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to shield your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than a couple of mouse clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with this sort of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you will just need to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. Optionally, you could also choose if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You won't have to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the needed location and shall add the necessary code in it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed inside the exact same section, so you can disable this service for each of them with a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you do not want other individuals to use your images on their Internet sites without your approval, you may easily enable the hotlink security function, that is provided with all semi-dedicated server packages. Rather than setting up an .htaccess file yourself in the site folder and writing some code in it, which is the common method to deny direct linking to files, you could use an exceedingly simple tool, that we've included in the Hepsia Control Panel. From it, you will simply need to pick the website which has to be secured and our system will do the rest. Furthermore, you can decide if the .htaccess file will be set up directly within the root folder or inside a subfolder, when you would like to enable the hotlink security function only for some content and not for the whole site. Stopping it is just as simple - you'll simply need to mark the checkbox next to the particular site and to click on the Delete button.