What exactly is hotlink protection and just how does it function? When do you need it?
Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you create an Internet site, someone else may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your site and then uploading them to their site, they could simply put links directly to your site. This way, whenever a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, consequently stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues which can present themselves or that someone may be trying to trick people into believing that they are actually on your site. In rare instances, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
Because our shared web hosting plans
include a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you will be able to protect your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally only two mouse clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this sort of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you will just have to pick the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. Optionally, you may also pick if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You will not need to do anything else, since our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and shall add the needed code within it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed inside the same section, so you can easily disable this service for any of them with just a mouse click.