Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build a website, 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 website, they can simply put links to your Internet site. This way, every time a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues that may develop or that someone could be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're in fact on your site. In rare situations, documents and other types of files could also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you set up an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case that you do not have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all cloud website hosting plans which we offer and can be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be activated in two easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file in the primary folder or within a subfolder and you will be good to go. You don't require any computer programming skills or any experience with this kind of matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you'd like to remove the protection at some time, you could see all the sites which are protected inside the very same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you open a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that someone is linking to your files without your authorization, you may easily cut them off by activating the hotlink security function which we offer you. While the regular method of doing that is to create an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that can easily perform this automatically and you shall only have to pick the website in question and to decide whether our system should set up the necessary file within the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom Hepsia CP and has the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no issues even if you have never used any website hosting service before. You'll be able to turn off the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a click from the same section.