Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. Quite simply, if you build a site, someone else may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own site, they may simply put links to your website. In this way, every time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems which can develop or that somebody may be trying to trick people into thinking that they're in fact on your site. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files can also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid such situations, you may enable hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you set up an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but just in case you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all cloud web hosting plans which we offer and could be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be turned on in two simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then select if our system should create the .htaccess file in the main folder or within a subfolder and you will be all set. You do not need any computer programming expertise or any experience with this sort of matters, as there will be nothing else to do. If you wish to disable the protection at some point, you will be able to see all of the Internet sites that are protected in the exact same section of the Control Panel with a Delete button next to each one of them.