Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you build an Internet site, another person may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own site, they may simply put links directly to your website. This way, every time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems that may develop or that someone can be trying to deceive people into believing that they are actually on your Internet site. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this kind of situations, you can permit hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
You can easily shield your content if you set up an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all web hosting plans that we offer and can be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be enabled in 2 basic steps - select the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the main folder or inside a subfolder and you will be good to go. You don't need any computer programming expertise or any experience with this kind of matters, because there will be nothing else to do. If you'd like to turn off the protection at some point, you could see all of the sites which are protected within the very same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each of them.