Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you build a site, someone else may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they can simply put links straight to your Internet site. This way, every time a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues which could appear or that somebody could be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're in fact on your website. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files can also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your Internet site.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
There's a way of preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we furthermore give you a very time and effort saving tool that shall permit you to enable the protection with a couple of mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool may be accessed from the Hepsia CP, offered with all our Linux cloud hosting packages and the only two things which you'll need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection should be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else manually on your end. If you decide to turn off the hotlink protection option eventually, you'll just need to revisit exactly the same section, to mark the checkbox at the side of it and to click on the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you don't want other individuals to use your images on their Internet sites without your authorization, you could easily enable the hotlink security function, that's supplied with all semi-dedicated server package deals. As an alternative to setting up an .htaccess file by hand within the website folder and writing some code in it, which is the standard method to deny direct linking to files, you may use a very simple tool, that we've included in the Hepsia CP. With it, you'll only have to pick the website that needs to be protected and our system shall do the rest. Optionally, you can choose if the .htaccess file will be set up straight within the root folder or within a subfolder, when you want to enable the hotlink security function just for some content and not for the entire site. Deactivating it is just as fast - you will only have to mark the checkbox beside the respective Internet site and to click on the Delete button.