Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you develop an Internet site, another person may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they can simply put links directly to your Internet site. This way, each time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright problems that may appear or that someone may be trying to trick people into believing that they're in fact on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you could enable hotlink protection for your Internet site.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you set up an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all cloud website hosting package deals which we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be turned on in 2 basic steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file in the main folder or inside a subfolder and you'll be all set. You don't need any coding expertise or any experience with this kind of matters, as there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to turn off the protection eventually, you will be able to see all of the websites which are protected in the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button beside each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
We provide you with an uncomplicated solution to protect your entire content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you can take full advantage of it with a couple of clicks. The usual approach to activate server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives in it. With the tool that you will find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply need to select the site which you need to protect and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all the essential content inside it. You can also use this feature for just one folder rather than the whole Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be active, you'll be able to deactivate it with just one click through the very same section of your CP.