Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you build an Internet site, someone else may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their website, they can simply put links to your Internet site. That way, every time a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright issues which may develop or that someone can be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are actually on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
You can easily protect your content if you set up an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all shared web hosting package deals which we offer and can be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be enabled in two easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then pick if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the main folder or in a subfolder and you shall be ready. You don't require any programming skills or any experience with this type of matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to disable the protection at some point, you can see all the 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
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 designed and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. As soon as you switch on this option, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party website as a substitute for your real images. You will only have to check out the Hotlink Protection section inside the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain your Internet site uses from a convenient drop-down menu - it is as easy as that. If needed, you will also have the option to activate the feature for a specific subfolder and not for the website altogether. Deactivating the function is as effortless - return to exactly the same section, check the box alongside the particular Internet site and then press the Delete button.