Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you build a site, another person may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they may simply put links to your site. In this way, when a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright problems that can present themselves or that someone could be trying to trick people into thinking that they're in fact on your site. In rare situations, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you may permit hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you create an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all shared web hosting plans which we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be enabled in two simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file within the main folder or inside a subfolder and you will be ready. You do not need any coding expertise or any experience with such matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to disable the protection at some time, you will be able to see all the websites which are protected inside the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each of them.