Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you create a website, somebody 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 own Internet site, they can simply put links straight to your Internet site. In this way, whenever a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues which could develop or that someone could be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're in fact on your website. In rare instances, documents and other types of files could also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you may permit hotlink protection for your Internet site.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting
Because our Linux cloud website hosting include a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to defend your content from displaying on third-party sites with literally only 2 clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with such matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you'll just have to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Furthermore, you may also select if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, due to the fact that our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the desired location and will include the required code inside it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed inside exactly the same section, so you can easily disable this service for each of them with just a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you don't want others to use your images on their sites without your consent, you can easily activate the hotlink protection feature, that's available with all semi-dedicated server packages. Instead of generating an .htaccess file manually within the website folder and writing some code in it, which is the conventional approach to deny direct linking to files, you can use a really simple tool, which we've integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. By using it, you will simply need to pick the website that needs to be protected and our system shall do the rest. Additionally, you can determine whether the .htaccess file will be generated directly inside the root folder or inside a subfolder, in case you'd like to switch on the hotlink security feature just for some content and not for the whole website. Deactivating it is just as fast - you will only need to mark the checkbox beside the specific Internet site and to click on the Delete button.