Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build a site, somebody else may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own site, they could simply put links directly to your Internet site. In this way, when a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright issues which could present themselves or that somebody could be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're actually on your website. In rare situations, documents and other sorts of files can also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid such situations, you could enable hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

It will not take more than a couple of mouse clicks to switch on the hotlink protection feature we offer you even if this is the first web hosting account you use, since all our hosting services feature a quite simple and user-friendly tool that will enable you to stop direct links to your content. The tool is part of our revolutionary Hepsia CP, so it provides the same intuitive point & click interface. Once you log in to your account’s back office and navigate to the Hotlink Protection section, you will simply have to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to secure from a drop-down list. If you wish to activate this function only for a particular site folder, you will have the option to do that. All websites with active hotlink protection shall appear inside this section and you could turn off the service by selecting the checkbox alongside the given site and clicking on the Delete button.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you start a semi-dedicated server account and you learn that someone is linking to your files without your authorization, you can easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink protection function which we provide. While the typical technique of doing this is to create an .htaccess file, we have a special tool which can easily do this automatically and you shall only need to choose the Internet site in question and to decide whether our system should create the required file inside the primary folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is a component of our custom made Hepsia CP and offers the same user-friendly interface, so you will be able to use it without any difficulties even in case you have never used any hosting service before. You could switch off the hotlink protection feature for any website/folder with a click through the same section.