Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you build an Internet site, another person may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their site, they could simply put links directly to your website. This way, every time a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright problems that may develop or that somebody can be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are actually on your website. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you can activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
There's a way of preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally give you a very easy-to-work-with tool that will allow you to enable the protection with just a few mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool may be accessed from the Hepsia CP, provided with all our Linux website hosting services and the only 2 things which you will have to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection needs to be activated for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you won't have to do anything else personally on your end. If you want to turn off the hotlink protection option sometime, you'll just need to go back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you don't want other individuals to use your images on their sites without your approval, you could easily enable the hotlink security function, that is offered with all semi-dedicated server packages. Instead of generating an .htaccess file manually within the site folder and writing some code in it, which is the standard method to deny direct linking to files, you could use a very simple tool, which we've incorporated into the Hepsia Control Panel. By using it, you will simply have to pick the Internet site which has to be secured and our system shall do the rest. Optionally, you can determine whether the .htaccess file should be set up straight inside the root folder or in a subfolder, if you want to enable the hotlink protection feature only for some content and not for the whole site. Disabling it is just as effortless - you will simply have to mark the checkbox next to the specific site and to click on the Delete button.