Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you create a website, somebody else may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own website, they may simply put links directly to your Internet site. That way, when a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems that may appear or that someone could be trying to trick people into believing that they are in fact on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting
Since our cloud website hosting feature a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to defend your content from showing on third-party websites with literally only two clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this kind of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and when you open it, you will only need to pick the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Additionally, you can also select if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, due to the fact that our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and shall include the needed code in it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed in the same section, so that you can disable this service for each of them with just a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that another person is linking to your files without your permission, you could easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security feature that we provide. While the conventional technique of doing that is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool which is able to perform this automatically and you will only need to choose the Internet site in question and to choose whether our system should generate the necessary file inside the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia Control Panel and provides the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without difficulties even if you have never used any web hosting service before. You may deactivate the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a click through the same section.