Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you develop an Internet site, someone else may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they may simply put links straight to your Internet site. In this way, every time a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems that may appear or that someone can be trying to trick people into believing that they are actually on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all shared hosting packages that we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be enabled in two easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the primary folder or in a subfolder and you'll be good to go. You do not need any coding capabilities or any experience with this kind of matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you'd like to disable the protection at some point, you will be able to see all the websites which are protected inside the very same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you discover that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the protection tool which we have created and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. When you switch on this feature, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party website in place of your real images. You will only have to navigate to the Hotlink Protection section inside the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain that your website uses from a practical drop-down menu - it is as easy as that. If needed, you shall also have the option to activate the feature just for a particular subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the protection is as easy - get back to the same section, check the box next to the given Internet site and then press the Delete button.