Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you develop a site, someone else may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own website, they may simply put links directly to your website. That way, each time a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues that can appear or that someone could be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're actually on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you set up an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case that you don't have previous experience, you need to use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all shared web hosting package deals that we offer and could be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be turned on in two easy steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file within the main folder or in a subfolder and you will be ready. You don't require any programming expertise or any experience with such matters, because there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to turn off the protection at some time, you can see all the websites which are protected inside the exact same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that somebody is linking to your files without your consent, you can easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security function that we offer. While the typical way to do this is to set up an .htaccess file, we have got a special tool that is able to execute this automatically and you'll simply have to pick the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should create the required file in the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and offers the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it with no issues even if you have never used any website hosting service before. You can disable the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click through the same section.