Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you develop a website, another person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they can simply put links straight to your Internet site. That way, each time a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems which could appear or that someone may be trying to deceive people into believing that they're actually on your website. In rare situations, documents and other types of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you create an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all web hosting packages which we offer and could be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be turned on in 2 simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file within the main folder or in a subfolder and you'll be good to go. You don't require any computer programming expertise or any experience with this type of matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to remove the protection at some point, you could see all the websites which are protected inside the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each one of them.