Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you create a site, another person may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they may simply put links directly to your site. That way, each time a visitor opens their Internet 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 could develop or that somebody can be trying to deceive people into believing that they're actually on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you can activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

It shall not take more than a couple of clicks to switch on the hotlink protection function we provide even if this is the first hosting account which you use, as all of our shared hosting feature a very simple and easy-to-use tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it features the same easy-to-use point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will only need to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect from a drop-down list. If you want to switch on this feature only for a specific website folder, you've got the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection will appear inside this section and you could turn off the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and pressing the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that another person is linking to your files without your permission, you could easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security feature we provide. While the common technique of doing that is to set up an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which is able to perform this automatically and you'll only have to choose the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should set up the needed file within the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom Hepsia CP and features exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no issues even in case you have never used any web hosting service before. You may switch off the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a mouse click through the exact same section.