Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you build a site, another person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their website, they could simply put links directly to your Internet site. That way, every time a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems which can present themselves or that someone can be trying to deceive people into believing that they're in fact on your website. In rare situations, documents and other types of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

As our Linux cloud hosting provide a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to defend your content from appearing on third-party websites with literally no more than a couple of clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with this kind of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and when you open it, you'll only need to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Furthermore, you could also choose if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, because our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the desired location and will add the needed code in it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed within the exact same section, so you may disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you notice that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the protection tool we have designed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. When you activate this function, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party website instead of your real images. You'll only have to check out the Hotlink Protection section in the CP and pick the domain or subdomain your site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it is as easy as that. If necessary, you shall also have the option to enable the function for a particular subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the protection is equally simple - return to the very same section, check the box beside the specific Internet site and then press the Delete button.