Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you create 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 website, they could simply put links straight to your Internet site. That way, whenever a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright problems which could appear or that someone could be trying to deceive people into thinking that they're in fact on your Internet site. In rare situations, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you may enable hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you create an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all hosting plans we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection could be enabled in 2 easy 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 in a subfolder and you shall be all set. You do not need any programming capabilities or any experience with this type of matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to turn off the protection eventually, you will be able to see all the websites that are protected within the exact same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button alongside each of them.