Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you create a site, some other person may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their site, they may simply put links to your Internet site. That way, when a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues that can appear or that somebody could be trying to trick people into believing that they're in fact on your site. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files can 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 site.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you set up an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all cloud hosting plans we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be turned on in two basic steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file in the main folder or in a subfolder and you shall be ready. You don't require any computer programming expertise or any experience with this sort of matters, as there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to disable the protection at some time, you can see all the Internet sites that are protected inside the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button beside each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
Our company offers an uncomplicated solution to secure your whole content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you can take advantage of it with a few clicks. The standard way to enable server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives within it. With the tool that you will find within the Hepsia CP, provided with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to choose the website which you want to secure and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, including all of the essential content inside it. You may also use this feature for just one folder instead of the whole Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be active, you could disable it with just one click through the same exact section of your CP.