Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you develop a site, another person may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their Internet site, they can simply put links straight to your site. That way, every time a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems that could develop or that someone can be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're actually on your site. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files may 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 method for preventing 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 furthermore offer a very helpful tool that will permit you to enable the protection with a few clicks and without writing any code. The tool could be accessed through the Hepsia CP, provided with all our cloud hosting and the only two things that you'll have to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection must be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else manually on your end. If you choose to turn off the hotlink protection option eventually, you'll simply have to go back to the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to click on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you don't want other people to use your images on their Internet sites without your permission, you may easily activate the hotlink protection function, that is supplied with all semi-dedicated server package deals. As an alternative to generating an .htaccess file manually inside the Internet site folder and writing some code inside it, which is the standard way to deny direct linking to files, you can use a very simple tool, which we've included in the Hepsia Control Panel. Using it, you will simply need to choose the Internet site which should be protected and our system shall do the rest. Moreover, you can decide if the .htaccess file needs to be created straight inside the root folder or inside a subfolder, if you would like to switch on the hotlink security feature just for some content and not for the whole Internet site. Deactivating it is just as easy - you will simply have to mark the checkbox beside the respective website and to click on the Delete button.