Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you develop a site, somebody else may want to use the images that you have and instead of downloading them from your website and then uploading them to their own site, they can simply put links directly to your site. That way, whenever a visitor opens their website, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues that could appear or that someone can be trying to trick people into thinking that they're actually on your Internet 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 can enable hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

There's a simple way to avoid the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we additionally give you a very easy-to-use tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with a few mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool could be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all our cloud website hosting and the only two things that you'll need to choose are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection should be enabled for the main website folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you will not have to do anything else personally on your end. If you wish to deactivate the hotlink protection option eventually, you'll just need to come back to the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to click on the Delete button.