Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you build an Internet site, 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 Internet site, they may simply put links directly to your Internet site. That way, whenever a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems that can present themselves or that someone can be trying to deceive people into believing that they're in fact on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all shared website hosting package deals which we offer and can be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be activated in two easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the primary folder or in a subfolder and you'll be good to go. You do not need any coding expertise or any experience with this type of matters, since there shall be nothing else to do. If you'd like to turn off the protection eventually, you can see all of the websites that are protected inside the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button next to each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you do not want other individuals to use your images on their Internet sites without your consent, you can easily switch on the hotlink protection function, that is supplied with all semi-dedicated server package deals. Instead of generating an .htaccess file by hand inside the website folder and writing some code within it, which is the conventional approach to deny direct linking to files, you may use a really simple tool, which we've included in the Hepsia CP. With it, you will simply have to choose the website that needs to be protected and our system shall do the rest. Furthermore, you can choose whether the .htaccess file should be created straight within the root folder or in a subfolder, in case you'd like to switch on the hotlink security function just for some content and not for the entire site. Disabling it is just as easy - you will simply have to mark the checkbox alongside the particular site and to click on the Delete button.