Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you create an Internet site, somebody else may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their site, they can simply put links directly to your site. In this way, whenever 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 appear or that someone can be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are in fact on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files could also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you can enable hotlink protection for your Internet site.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all cloud hosting package deals we offer and can be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be activated in two simple steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the main folder or in a subfolder and you will be good to go. You don't require any coding skills or any experience with this sort of matters, as there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to remove the protection eventually, you could see all of the Internet sites which are protected inside the very same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each one of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We offer a simple solution to protect your entire content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you are able to take advantage of it with several mouse clicks. The usual way for you to turn on server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives in it. With the tool that you'll find within the Hepsia CP, supplied with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to pick the site which you intend to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the essential content within it. You can also use this option for only one folder instead of the entire Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be switched on, you may disable it with just one mouse click through the same section of your Control Panel.