Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you create a site, some other person may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own website, they may simply put links straight to your site. This way, every time a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues that may appear or that somebody may be trying to deceive people into believing that they're in fact on your site. In rare instances, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you set up an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but just in case you do not have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all shared website hosting packages that we offer and can be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be enabled in two basic steps - select the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the main folder or in a subfolder and you will be all set. You don't need any programming skills or any experience with this sort of matters, because there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to turn off the protection at some point, you could see all of the websites that are protected inside the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button beside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you find out that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the protection tool we have designed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Whenever you activate this option, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party website as a substitute for your real images. You will only have to go to the Hotlink Protection section in the Control Panel and choose the domain or subdomain your site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it is as basic as that. If necessary, you will also have the option to enable the function only for a specific subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the protection is just as easy - return to the very same section, check the box alongside the specific website and then press the Delete button.