Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build an Internet site, another person may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they may simply put links directly to your site. In this way, when 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 may present themselves or that somebody may be trying to trick people into thinking that they are actually on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you can activate hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you create an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case that you do not have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all web hosting package deals that we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be activated in 2 simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the main folder or inside a subfolder and you shall be good to go. You don't need any coding skills or any experience with this kind of matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to turn off the protection at some point, you could see all of the websites that are protected in the very same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each one of them.