Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you build a site, some other person may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own site, they may simply put links straight to your website. In this way, whenever a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues which could develop or that somebody can be trying to trick people into believing that they are in fact on your website. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files could 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 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 can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all shared hosting package deals that we offer and can be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection could be enabled in 2 basic steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or within a subfolder and you will be ready. You don't need any programming skills or any experience with such matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you want to disable the protection at some time, you will be able to see all the Internet sites that are protected within the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each of them.