Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you develop an Internet site, some other person may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their site, they may simply put links directly to your Internet site. That way, each time a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems that may arise or that somebody could be trying to trick people into believing that they are in fact on your site. In rare situations, documents and other sorts of files could also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
You can easily protect your content if you create an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case that you don't have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all shared hosting packages which we offer and can be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be enabled in two basic steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the main folder or inside a subfolder and you'll be good to go. You do not need any programming skills or any experience with such matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you'd like to turn off the protection at some point, you will be able to see all of the websites which are protected in the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you do not want other individuals to use your images on their Internet sites without your permission, you could easily activate the hotlink security feature, that is available with all semi-dedicated server package deals. As an alternative to setting up an .htaccess file manually within the site folder and writing some code in it, which is the conventional approach to deny direct linking to files, you can use an exceedingly simple tool, which we have included in the Hepsia Control Panel. From it, you will simply need to select the Internet site which needs to be secured and our system will do the rest. Also, you can choose whether the .htaccess file should be set up straight within the root folder or in a subfolder, if you'd like to activate the hotlink security function only for some content and not for the whole website. Deactivating it is just as easy - you will simply need to mark the checkbox alongside the specific site and to click on the Delete button.