How to: Manage Hotlink Protection

Click the Hosting Features menu item if it is not already open.
Click the Htaccess menu item.
Click the [ Hotlink Protection ] link for the directory you’d like to manage.
In the “Hotlink Protection Status” drop down, choose if you want the protection enabled immediately, or not. This option is useful if you’d like to turn your hotlink protection settings on or off quickly to see the difference, without deleting your hotlink protection settings and having to re-create them.
Enter file extensions you want to block hotlinking for in the “Blocked Extensions” box, one per line. For example, .gif, .jpg, .wmv, .mov, etc.
Enter domains you want to ALLOW hotlinking of your content from in the “Allowed domains” box.
You can choose if you’d like to allow direct access to the “blocked” content or not. An example of direct access would be accessing an image with your browser like this: If “Allow Direct Access” is “Off” this will not be allowed – the request will be blocked. If it is “On” then this type of direct access will be allowed, and only embeded hotlink attempts will be blocked.
If you want to replace the “blocked” content with another image file, you can enter the URL of this file in the “Replace with” text box. When this option is set with a valid absolute URL to an image file (e.g.,, a hotlinked image will be replaced with this URL. If this option is not set, a hotlinked image will return a ’403 Forbidden’ response.
Click the UPDATE button.