Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you create a website, 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 own website, they can simply put links straight to your site. This way, when a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues which can develop or that somebody can be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are in fact on your Internet site. In rare instances, documents and other kinds of files can also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all web hosting plans we offer and could be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be activated in 2 simple steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you will be ready. You don't require any coding skills or any experience with this type of matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to turn off the protection at some time, you will be able to see all of the Internet sites that are protected within the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
We provide you with an effective solution to protect your whole content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you could take full advantage of it with a couple of mouse clicks. The standard way to enable server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to add a few directives inside it. With the tool that you'll discover inside the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply have to choose the website which you intend to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, including all of the required content within it. You can also use this option for only one folder as opposed to the entire website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be switched on, you'll be able to disable it with a single click from the same section of your Control Panel.