Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you develop an Internet site, some other 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 could simply put links straight to your website. That way, each time a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems which can develop or that someone could be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're in fact on your Internet site. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files can also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you can activate hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
You can easily protect your content if you set up an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but just in case you do not have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all shared hosting package deals that we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be activated in two easy steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file within the main folder or within a subfolder and you will be all set. You don't require any computer programming capabilities or any experience with such matters, since there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to disable the protection at some time, you will be able to see all of the sites which are protected within the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each of them.