Hotlinking is a commonly accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. Basically, if you build an Internet site, another person may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their Internet site, they may simply put links straight to your site. This way, each time a visitor opens their site, the images shall be loaded from your account, hence stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems that can present themselves or that someone could be trying to deceive people into believing that they are in fact on your site. In rare occasions, documents and other kinds of files may also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you may permit hotlink protection for your site.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
There's a way of preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file in the website’s root directory, but if you aren't very tech-savvy, we furthermore give you a very easy-to-work-with tool that shall permit you to activate the protection with just a few mouse clicks and without typing any code. The tool may be accessed from the Hepsia CP, which comes with all our cloud hosting and the only 2 things that you'll have to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and whether the protection has to be enabled for the main site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else by hand on your end. If you choose to disable the hotlink protection option at some point, you will only have to come back to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to press the Delete button.