Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build a site, another person may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they can simply put links directly to your site. That way, when a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright issues that can present themselves or that somebody can be trying to trick people into believing that they're in fact on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
There is a way of preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we additionally provide a very user-friendly tool that will allow you to activate the protection with just a few clicks and without inputting any code. The tool can be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all our website hosting and the only two things that you'll have to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection must be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you shall not have to do anything else manually on your end. If you decide to turn off the hotlink protection option eventually, you'll just need to come back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to click on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you do not want other individuals to use your images on their Internet sites without your permission, you can easily switch on the hotlink security function, that's available with all semi-dedicated server package deals. Rather than setting up an .htaccess file by hand inside the Internet site folder and writing some code within it, which is the traditional method to deny direct linking to files, you could use a really simple tool, which we have integrated into the Hepsia Control Panel. Using it, you will simply have to choose the Internet site that has to be secured and our system will do the rest. Also, you can choose whether the .htaccess file needs to be set up directly inside the root folder or inside a subfolder, if you want to enable the hotlink security feature only for some content and not for the entire Internet site. Disabling it is just as easy - you will simply have to mark the checkbox next to the respective Internet site and to click on the Delete button.