Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you develop a website, some other person may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own website, they may simply put links to your site. That way, when a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues that could develop or that someone may be trying to deceive people into believing that they are actually on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files may 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 website.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Our company offers an uncomplicated solution to secure your content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you could take full advantage of it with a couple of mouse clicks. The conventional approach to turn on server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to include a few directives within it. With the tool which you'll discover in the Hepsia CP, offered with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to select the website which you want to secure and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the needed content within it. You could also use this feature for only one folder instead of the whole site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be enabled, you'll be able to disable it with one click via the same exact section of your CP.