Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you create a website, some other person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their site, they could simply put links straight to your website. This way, when a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems which may present themselves or that somebody may be trying to deceive people into believing that they're in fact on your Internet site. In rare instances, 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 could permit hotlink protection for your Internet site.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you set up an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all cloud web hosting package deals which we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be turned on in two simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the primary folder or within a subfolder and you'll be good to go. You don't need any computer programming skills or any experience with this kind of matters, because there shall be nothing else to do. If you would like to turn off the protection eventually, you could see all of the websites that are protected inside 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 us and you find out that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you can use the protection tool that we have designed and integrated into our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. When you switch on this function, a server-generated image shall appear on the third-party website in place of your actual images. You'll only have to visit the Hotlink Protection section inside the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain which your site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it is as simple as that. If necessary, you'll also have the option to enable the feature just for a specific subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the feature is as simple - get back to exactly the same section, check the box beside the specific website and then press the Delete button.