Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you create a site, somebody else may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own site, they could simply put links straight to your website. That way, when a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems which may arise or that somebody can be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're actually on your Internet site. In rare situations, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
It shall not take more than a number of clicks to enable the hotlink protection feature we provide even if this is the very first website hosting account that you use, because all our Linux cloud plans feature a rather simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to prevent direct links to your content. The tool is part of our innovative Hepsia CP, so it provides the same intuitive point & click interface. When you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only have to select the domain or subdomain that you want to protect from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this feature only for a particular Internet site folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you can easily deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox next to the given site and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We provide you with an effective solution to shield your whole content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you'll be able to benefit from it with a few mouse clicks. The common way for you to activate server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives inside it. With the tool which you will find inside the Hepsia CP, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to pick the site that you would like to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the required content in it. You could also use this option for only one folder as opposed to the whole site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be enabled, you'll be able to disable it with one click through the exact same section of your Control Panel.