Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you create a website, someone else may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your website 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 Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright problems which can arise or that someone could be trying to deceive people into believing that they're in fact on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other sorts of files could also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you may permit hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you create an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all shared hosting package deals which we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be turned on in two simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the primary folder or in a subfolder and you'll be ready. You don't need any computer programming capabilities or any experience with such matters, because there will be nothing else to do. If you'd like to turn off the protection eventually, you could see all of the websites that are protected within the same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button beside each of them.