Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build a site, some other person may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their website, they may simply put links to your site. In this way, when a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems that can develop or that someone may be trying to deceive people into believing that they are actually on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you could permit hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you create an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but just in case you don't have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all shared website hosting packages that we offer and can be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be enabled 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 shall be all set. You don't need any coding capabilities or any experience with this kind of matters, since there shall be nothing else to do. If you'd like to turn off the protection at some time, you can see all of the Internet sites which are protected in the very same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each one of them.