Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you create an Internet site, someone else may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their Internet site, they can simply put links straight to your Internet site. In this way, whenever a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems which may arise or that someone could be trying to deceive people into believing that they're actually on your Internet site. In rare instances, documents and other kinds of files can also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case that you don't have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all shared web hosting plans which we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be turned on in two simple steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file in the primary folder or within a subfolder and you will be all set. You do not need any coding skills or any experience with such matters, due to the fact that there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to remove the protection eventually, you could see all the Internet sites which are protected inside the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each of them.