Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you create an Internet site, somebody else may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they may simply put links to your site. In this way, every time a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems that could present themselves or that someone can be trying to trick people into believing that they're actually on your website. In rare instances, documents and other kinds of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you may permit hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you set up an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but just in case you don't have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all cloud website hosting plans which we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be enabled in 2 simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file in the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you will be all set. You don't require any coding expertise or any experience with this kind of matters, since there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to turn off the protection at some point, you can see all of the sites which are protected inside the same exact section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
We provide you with an uncomplicated solution to secure your content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you can take advantage of it with a couple of mouse clicks. The conventional approach to activate server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives within it. With the tool which you'll find in the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to pick the website which you would like to protect and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, including all the needed content in it. You can also use this feature for just one folder as opposed to the whole Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be switched on, you can deactivate it with one mouse click from the same section of your Control Panel.