Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you build a site, another person may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their site, they could simply put links straight to your Internet site. That way, whenever a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues which may arise or that somebody can be trying to deceive people into believing that they are actually on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files can also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
Due to the fact that our Linux web hosting include a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to protect your content from displaying on third-party websites with literally no more than two mouse clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this sort of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you'll just have to choose the domain or subdomain you want to protect. In addition, you can also choose if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, because our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the preferred location and will add the needed code within it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection will be listed in the same section, so that you can disable this service for any of them with just a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you don't want others to use your images on their Internet sites without your permission, you can easily enable the hotlink security function, which is available with all semi-dedicated server packages. As an alternative to generating an .htaccess file manually in the Internet site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the standard approach to deny direct linking to files, you could use an exceedingly simple tool, which we've included in the Hepsia CP. Using it, you will simply have to choose the Internet site which has to be secured and our system shall do the rest. Furthermore, you can choose if the .htaccess file needs to be generated straight inside the root folder or inside a subfolder, when you want to enable the hotlink protection function only for some content and not for the whole Internet site. Disabling it is just as easy - you will simply need to mark the checkbox alongside the specific site and to click on the Delete button.