Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you develop a site, another person may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their own Internet site, they can simply put links directly to your Internet site. That way, each time a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, in addition to the copyright issues that could arise or that someone can be trying to trick people into thinking that they are actually on your website. In rare situations, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the very same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you could enable hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
As our shared web hosting include a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to shield your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally only a couple of mouse clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with this kind of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you will just have to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. In addition, you could also choose if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You shall not need to do anything else, due to the fact that our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and shall include the needed code inside it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed inside exactly the same section, so that you can disable this service for each of them with a mouse click.