Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, 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 website, they could simply put links directly to your Internet site. That way, when a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues that could develop or that someone may be trying to trick people into thinking that they're in fact on your website. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid such situations, you may enable hotlink protection for your Internet site.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
There is a way to avoid the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we also provide a very easy-to-work-with tool that will allow you to enable the protection with just a few mouse clicks and without typing any code. The tool could be accessed from the Hepsia CP, offered with all our shared packages and the only 2 things which you will have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection needs to be enabled for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else by hand on your end. If you decide to deactivate the hotlink protection option at one point, you will only have to go back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you notice that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the security tool we have created and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Whenever you enable this function, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site as a substitute for your real images. You will only need to check out the Hotlink Protection section inside the CP and choose the domain or subdomain which your site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it's as easy as that. When necessary, you will also have the option to enable the function only for a specific subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the function is as effortless - go back to the exact same section, check the box beside the particular website and then press the Delete button.