Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you develop a site, another person may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own site, they can simply put links directly to your Internet site. That way, every time a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright problems that could appear or that someone can be trying to trick people into thinking that they're 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 type of situations, you could enable hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

As our shared web hosting provide a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to shield your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally only 2 mouse clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you'll only have to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Optionally, you may also choose if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the desired location and will include the required code inside it. All websites with active hotlink protection will be listed within exactly the same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with just a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you discover that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you should use the security tool we've developed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Once you enable this function, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site as a substitute for your actual images. You'll only need to go to the Hotlink Protection section in the CP and choose the domain or subdomain your website uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it's as easy as that. If necessary, you shall also have the option to switch on the feature only for a particular subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the feature is equally simple - get back to the same section, check the box beside the specific website and then click on the Delete button.