Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you build an Internet site, another person may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their site, they could simply put links to your website. In this way, whenever a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright problems which can develop or that somebody can be trying to trick people into believing that they are in fact on your site. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you may permit hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

There is a way to avoid the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we furthermore give you a very helpful tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with a couple of mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool can be accessed via the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all our Linux cloud website hosting plans and the only two things which you will need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection should be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else manually on your end. If you decide to deactivate the hotlink protection option at some point, you'll simply have to return to exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you notice that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the security tool which we have designed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. As soon as you enable this feature, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party site in place of your real images. You will only need to check out the Hotlink Protection section in the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain that your website uses from a practical drop-down menu - it's as basic as that. When necessary, you shall also have the option to switch on the function for a specific subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the feature is just as simple - return to exactly the same section, check the box next to the particular Internet site and then press the Delete button.