Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you develop a site, someone else may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they could simply put links directly to your Internet site. That way, every time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright issues that may appear or that someone may be trying to trick people into believing that they're actually on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid such situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
You can easily protect your content if you generate an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all cloud hosting plans we offer and can be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be activated in two easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file in the main folder or in a subfolder and you'll be good to go. You don't need any coding capabilities or any experience with this kind of matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you'd like to remove the protection at some point, you can see all of the websites which are protected within the same section of the CP with a Delete button beside each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We offer a simple solution to secure your content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you'll be able to benefit from it with several mouse clicks. The common way to activate server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives inside it. With the tool which you'll discover within the Hepsia CP, provided with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only need to choose the Internet site which you would like to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the essential content in it. You can even use this option for just one folder instead of the entire site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be switched on, you can deactivate it with a single mouse click through the same exact section of your CP.