Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you create a website, some other person may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own site, they can simply put links straight to your website. In this way, whenever 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 which may develop or that someone could be trying to trick people into thinking that they are in fact on your site. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your Internet site.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
It shall not take more than a few mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink protection function we provide even if this is the 1st hosting account you use, due to the fact that all of our shared plans include a quite simple and easy-to-use tool that will permit you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is a component of our innovative Hepsia Control Panel, so it offers the exact same intuitive point & click interface. After you log in to your account’s back office and go to the Hotlink Protection section, you'll simply have to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to secure from a drop-down list. If you'd like to activate this function only for a particular website folder, you've got the option to do that. All Internet sites with active hotlink protection will appear within this section and you can deactivate the service by selecting the checkbox beside the given Internet site and clicking on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We offer an effective solution to protect your whole content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you could take full advantage of it with a couple of mouse clicks. The usual technique to activate server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to add a few directives within it. With the tool that you'll discover inside the Hepsia CP, provided with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply need to pick the website which you intend to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the essential content in it. You may also use this function for just one folder as opposed to the entire site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be active, you'll be able to disable it with one click via the same section of your CP.