Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you develop a site, someone else may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own website, they may simply put links straight to your website. That way, every time a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems which may develop or that someone may be trying to trick people into believing that they are in fact on your website. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the very 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 Shared Hosting

Since our shared service include a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to secure your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than two clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this type of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you'll just have to select the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. Optionally, you may also choose if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, due to the fact that our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and will include the required code inside it. All websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed in the same section, so you can disable this service for each of them with just a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

Our company offers a simple solution to secure your entire content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you could take advantage of it with several clicks. The common way to enable server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a few directives within it. With the tool which you will find inside the Hepsia CP, supplied with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to choose the site that you need to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all the needed content within it. You could also use this function for just one folder rather than the entire website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be enabled, you may disable it with just one mouse click through the same exact section of your CP.