Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build a website, another person may want to use the images you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own site, they may simply put links directly to your site. In this way, whenever a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright issues that can present themselves or that somebody may be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're actually on your website. In rare instances, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you could enable hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but if you don't have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all website hosting packages we offer and can be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be enabled in two basic steps - select the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you shall be ready. You do not need any coding skills or any experience with this kind of matters, due to the fact that there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to disable the protection at some point, you could see all of the websites which are protected inside the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each of them.