Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term 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 instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they may simply put links to your Internet site. This way, every time a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues that could appear or that somebody may be trying to deceive people into believing that they are actually on your Internet site. In rare instances, documents and other types of files could also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
There is a 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 also give you a very easy-to-work-with tool that will permit you to enable the protection with just a few clicks and without writing any code. The tool may be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all our Linux cloud hosting and the only two things that you will have to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection must be activated 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 manually on your end. If you wish to deactivate the hotlink protection option sometime, you will just need to revisit the exact same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
We provide an uncomplicated solution to shield your entire content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you are able to take advantage of it with a few mouse clicks. The conventional technique to activate server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives in it. With the tool that you will find within the Hepsia CP, which comes with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to pick the Internet site which you would like to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the necessary content in it. You could also use this function for only one folder instead of the entire Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be enabled, you can deactivate it with a single mouse click via the very same section of your Control Panel.