Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build an Internet site, another person may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own website, they could simply put links straight to your website. In this way, when a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems that could arise or that somebody may be trying to trick people into believing that they are in fact on your site. In rare instances, documents and other types of files can also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

There's a simple way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we additionally offer a very easy-to-use tool that will permit you to activate the protection with several clicks and without entering any code. The tool can be accessed from the Hepsia CP, included with all our Linux cloud hosting and the only two things that you will have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection must be enabled for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't have to do anything else manually on your end. If you want to turn off the hotlink protection option sometime, you'll just need to return to the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

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 protection tool we have developed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Once you switch on this option, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party website in place of your real images. You will only need to go to the Hotlink Protection section inside the CP and select the domain or subdomain which your site uses from a handy drop-down menu - it is as simple as that. When necessary, you will also have the option to activate the function just for a specific subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the feature is just as simple - get back to the same section, check the box next to the particular Internet site and then press the Delete button.