Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build an Internet site, someone else may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their website, they may simply put links to your site. In this way, whenever a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues which may arise or that someone can be trying to trick people into believing that they are actually on your Internet site. In rare situations, documents and other types 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 website.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you generate an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all cloud web hosting plans which we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be enabled in 2 easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or within a subfolder and you'll be all set. You do not need any programming skills or any experience with such matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you'd like to disable the protection eventually, you will be able to see all the sites which are protected inside the very same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you don't want other individuals to use your images on their Internet sites without your permission, you can easily enable the hotlink security feature, that's provided with all semi-dedicated server packages. As an alternative to generating an .htaccess file manually within the website folder and writing some code within it, which is the traditional approach to deny direct linking to files, you could use an exceptionally simple tool, which we have integrated into the Hepsia CP. Using it, you will simply need to choose the website that should be protected and our system shall do the rest. Moreover, you can make a decision if the .htaccess file needs to be set up straight within the root folder or in a subfolder, in case you'd like to switch on the hotlink protection feature only for some content and not for the whole Internet site. Deactivating it is just as fast - you will only need to mark the checkbox next to the particular site and to click on the Delete button.