Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you create an Internet site, another person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their Internet site, they could simply put links directly to your website. That way, each time a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues that may appear or that somebody may be trying to trick people into believing that they're actually on your Internet site. In rare instances, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you can activate hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you set up an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all shared website hosting packages that we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be activated in 2 basic steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the main folder or in a subfolder and you'll be ready. You don't require any programming capabilities or any experience with this sort of matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to turn off the protection at some time, you could see all of the Internet sites that are protected within the same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you do not want others to use your images on their Internet sites without your permission, you could easily enable the hotlink security feature, that's provided with all semi-dedicated server packages. As an alternative to generating an .htaccess file by hand inside the website folder and writing some code within it, which is the standard way to deny direct linking to files, you may use an exceedingly simple tool, that we have integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. Using it, you'll simply have to select the Internet site which needs to be protected and our system shall do the rest. Moreover, you can choose if the .htaccess file will be set up straight in the root folder or in a subfolder, if you want to activate the hotlink security function only for some content and not for the entire site. Stopping it is just as easy - you will simply have to mark the checkbox alongside the particular Internet site and to click on the Delete button.