Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you develop a website, some other person may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their site, they can simply put links directly to your website. In this way, every time a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues that may arise or that someone could be trying to trick people into believing that they're in fact on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
There is a method for preventing the hotlinking of your images by using an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we additionally offer a very user-friendly tool that will permit you to activate the protection with a couple of mouse clicks and without inputting any code. The tool can be accessed via the Hepsia CP, which comes with all our web hosting and the only 2 things which you'll have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection needs to be activated for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else manually on your end. If you decide to turn off the hotlink protection option eventually, you'll just need to go back to the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with us and you find out that someone has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the protection tool we've developed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. As soon as you enable this function, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party website instead of your actual images. You'll only have to check out the Hotlink Protection section inside the Control Panel and pick the domain or subdomain that your site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it's as easy as that. If needed, you shall also have the option to activate the function only for a particular subfolder and not for the website in its entirety. Deactivating the function is just as simple - get back to the very same section, check the box next to the particular site and then press the Delete button.