Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you develop a website, someone else may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they could simply put links to your website. This way, when a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright problems which can present themselves or that somebody could be trying to deceive people into believing that they are in fact on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other types of files could also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid such situations, you could enable hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

As our shared website hosting plans provide a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to defend your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally just 2 clicks, even if you don't have much experience with such matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you will only have to choose the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. In addition, you may also select if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You will not need to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and will include the necessary code inside it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed inside exactly the same section, so you can disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.