Hotlinking is a widely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you create a site, someone else may want to use the images that you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own site, they can simply put links to your website. That way, when a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, not to mention the copyright issues which can develop or that someone may be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are in fact on your site. In rare instances, documents and other sorts of files may also be linked in the exact same way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you may enable hotlink protection for your website.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

There's a simple way of avoiding the hotlinking of your images through an .htaccess file inside the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we also provide a very intuitive tool that will allow you to activate the protection with a few mouse clicks and without writing any code. The tool could be accessed from the Hepsia CP, provided with all our cloud website hosting plans and the only two things that you'll have to select are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection must be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system shall do the rest, so you shall not have to do anything else by hand on your end. If you wish to deactivate the hotlink protection option at some point, you'll just need to go back to the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to click on the Delete button.