Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you develop a site, some other person may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they could simply put links straight to your Internet site. That way, every time a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems that may present themselves or that somebody can be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're actually on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you may enable hotlink protection for your Internet site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you set up an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all shared website hosting package deals which we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be activated in 2 easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you shall be ready. You don't need any computer programming skills or any experience with this type of matters, since there shall be nothing else to do. If you'd like to turn off the protection eventually, you will be able to see all the sites that are protected within the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each of them.