Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you develop an Internet site, another person may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their site, they could simply put links straight to your website. That way, when a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues that could present themselves or that someone could be trying to trick people into thinking that they are in fact on your site. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you can activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all shared hosting plans that we offer and could be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be turned on in 2 easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file within the primary folder or within a subfolder and you shall be good to go. You do not need any coding expertise or any experience with this type of matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you'd like to remove the protection at some point, you can see all the websites that are protected inside the very same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that another person is linking to your files without your authorization, you could easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security feature we offer. While the conventional way to do this is to generate an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which is able to perform this automatically and you will only need to pick the site in question and to determine whether our system should generate the necessary file within the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is part of our customized Hepsia Control Panel and features the exact same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any complications even if you have never used any website hosting service before. You could disable the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a click from the same section.