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

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

It won't take more than a number of mouse clicks to enable the hotlink protection feature which we provide even if this is the first website hosting account which you use, because all of our cloud web hosting service include a quite simple and easy to work with tool that will allow you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the same intuitive point & click interface. As soon as you log in to your account’s back office and visit the Hotlink Protection section, you'll only need to choose the domain or subdomain you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you would like to enable this function only for a certain site folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall appear in this section and you can easily turn off the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given website and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that another person is linking to your files without your permission, you may easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security feature that we provide. While the regular way to do this is to create an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool that can do this automatically and you'll simply have to pick the website in question and to determine whether our system should set up the required file inside the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and offers the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no issues even if you have never used any web hosting service before. You could disable the hotlink security function for any website/folder with a click from the same section.