Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet phrase for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you build a website, another person may want to use the images which you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their site, they could simply put links to your website. In this way, each time a visitor opens their site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems that may present themselves or that somebody may be trying to deceive people into believing that they're actually on your website. In rare instances, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your site.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you create an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all cloud hosting package deals we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be activated in two basic steps - select the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file within the primary folder or inside a subfolder and you shall be ready. You don't need any programming skills or any experience with such matters, because there shall be nothing else to do. If you wish to turn off the protection at some point, you could see all the sites which are protected inside the very same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button beside each of them.