Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you develop an Internet site, someone else may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their site, they may simply put links to your Internet site. That way, each time a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues that can arise or that someone can be trying to trick people into believing that they're actually on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
There is a way to avoid the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore provide a very user-friendly tool that will allow you to activate the protection with several mouse clicks and without inputting any code. The tool can be accessed through the Hepsia CP, offered with all our cloud hosting and the only 2 things that you will need to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection needs to be enabled for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't have to do anything else personally on your end. If you decide to deactivate the hotlink protection option sometime, you will just have to return to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you don't want other people to use your images on their Internet sites without your approval, you can easily enable the hotlink security feature, that is offered with all semi-dedicated server packages. Rather than creating an .htaccess file yourself within the site folder and writing some code within it, which is the common approach to deny direct linking to files, you can use an incredibly simple tool, which we've included in the Hepsia Control Panel. Using it, you'll simply need to select the site which should be protected and our system will do the rest. Furthermore, you can choose if the .htaccess file should be set up directly in the root folder or within a subfolder, when you want to switch on the hotlink security feature just for some content and not for the whole site. Deactivating it is just as effortless - you will only have to mark the checkbox alongside the specific Internet site and to click on the Delete button.