Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you build a site, someone else may want to use the images you have and instead of downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they may simply put links to your Internet site. That way, whenever a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright problems which could develop 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 same exact way. To stop this from happening and to avoid such situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

Due to the fact that our shared website hosting plans feature a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you will be able to protect your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally only 2 mouse clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with such matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you'll just have to choose the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Furthermore, you could also choose if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You'll not have to do anything else, because our system will create an .htaccess file automatically in the needed location and shall include the necessary code in it. All sites with active hotlink protection will be listed in the exact same section, so you can disable this service for each of them with a click.