Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you develop a website, somebody else may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they may simply put links directly to your website. This way, when a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues that could appear or that someone may be trying to trick people into believing that they're actually on your Internet site. In rare instances, documents and other types of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

There's a simple way of preventing the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we additionally provide a very easy-to-work-with tool that will allow you to enable the protection with a couple of clicks and without typing any code. The tool could be accessed via the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all our cloud website hosting plans and the only two things which you will have to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection needs to 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 personally on your end. If you decide to turn off the hotlink protection option eventually, you'll only have to come back to the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to click on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you notice that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the security tool we have created and incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. Whenever you switch on this function, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party Internet site as a substitute for your actual images. You'll only have to go to the Hotlink Protection section inside the CP and pick the domain or subdomain which your site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it's as basic as that. If needed, you'll also have the option to activate the function just for a particular subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the feature is as simple - go back to the same section, check the box next to the specific site and then press the Delete button.