Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you develop a site, another person may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their website, they can simply put links directly to your site. That way, each time a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues that can appear or that someone may be trying to trick people into thinking that they're in fact on your site. In rare situations, documents and other sorts of files can also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you can activate hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

There is a way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we furthermore give you a very user-friendly tool that will permit you to activate the protection with just a few mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool can be accessed via the Hepsia CP, included with all our Linux website hosting packages and the only two things that you'll need to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection needs to be activated for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't have to do anything else personally on your end. If you choose to turn off the hotlink protection option sometime, you will just have to return to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you do not want others to use your images on their websites without your permission, you could easily activate the hotlink security feature, that is available with all semi-dedicated server package deals. Instead of generating an .htaccess file manually within the Internet site folder and writing some code in it, which is the standard method to deny direct linking to files, you may use a very simple tool, that we have incorporated into the Hepsia CP. From it, you will only have to select the Internet site that should be secured and our system will do the rest. Optionally, you can make a decision if the .htaccess file needs to be created directly inside the root folder or within a subfolder, if you would like to activate the hotlink security function just for some content and not for the entire website. Deactivating it is just as effortless - you will simply have to mark the checkbox beside the respective website and to click on the Delete button.