What's hotlink protection and how does it function? When do you really need such?
Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet term for linking to another website’s images. To put it differently, if you build an Internet site, someone else may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their site, they can simply put links to your site. In this way, each time a visitor opens their Internet site, the images will be loaded from your account, thus stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, let alone the copyright issues which could present themselves or that somebody could be trying to deceive people into believing that they're in fact on your site. In rare situations, documents and other kinds of files could also be linked in the very same way. To stop this from happening and to avoid this sort of situations, you may activate hotlink protection for your Internet site.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting
There's a method for preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we additionally provide a very time and effort saving tool that will permit you to activate the protection with several mouse clicks and without entering any code. The tool can be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all our shared website hosting and the only two things which you will need to pick 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 will do the rest, so you shall not have to do anything else personally on your end. If you want to disable the hotlink protection option at one point, you'll only have to go back to the same section, to mark the checkbox next to it and to click on the Delete button.