Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you create an Internet site, somebody else may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own website, they may simply put links directly to your Internet site. This way, each time a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems which may develop or that someone could be trying to deceive people into believing that they're actually on your website. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting
There's a simple method for preventing the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we also provide a very intuitive tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with several mouse clicks and without entering any code. The tool can be accessed through the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all our Linux cloud web hosting service and the only 2 things which you will have to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection needs to be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you shall not need to do anything else manually on your end. If you want to deactivate the hotlink protection option at some point, you'll only have to return to the same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to click on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you notice that another person has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the protection tool we have developed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Once you enable this feature, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party site rather than your actual images. You will only need to check out the Hotlink Protection section within the Control Panel and pick the domain or subdomain that your website uses from a practical drop-down menu - it's as simple as that. If necessary, you will also have the option to activate the feature only for a particular subfolder and not for the website in general. Deactivating the function is just as effortless - get back to the very same section, check the box next to the particular Internet site and then press the Delete button.