Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you build a site, 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 Internet site, they could simply put links straight to your website. That way, whenever a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright problems that can develop or that someone could be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're actually on your site. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid such situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting
You can easily protect your content if you set up an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all cloud web hosting plans that we offer and could be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be turned on in 2 easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file within the main folder or in a subfolder and you shall be ready. You don't require any programming capabilities or any experience with such matters, since there shall be nothing else to do. If you would like to turn off the protection at some time, you can see all of the Internet sites which are protected within the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button beside each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
We offer an uncomplicated solution to shield your entire content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you are able to take advantage of it with a couple of clicks. The standard approach to turn on server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a few directives inside it. With the tool that you'll find inside the Hepsia CP, included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to select the site which you intend to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the essential content within it. You can even use this function for just one folder instead of the whole Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be enabled, you can disable it with one click from the same section of your Control Panel.