Hotlinking, which is often called bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images which are on another site. Essentially, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, someone else may also build a site and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Although this may not be such a serious problem if you have a smaller personal site, it can be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone might be trying to copy your site and trick people. If your hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you may run out of resources without getting real visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you should consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

Since our cloud website hosting come with a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to protect your content from displaying on third-party websites with literally no more than two mouse clicks, even if you do not have much experience with such matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you will just have to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. Furthermore, you may also choose if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You won't have to do anything else, due to the fact that our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and shall include the necessary code within it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed in the same section, so you may disable this service for each of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

Our company offers a simple solution to shield your whole content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you'll be able to take advantage of it with several clicks. The conventional approach to turn on server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a few directives inside it. With the tool that you'll find inside the Hepsia CP, offered with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only need to select the website which you intend to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the needed content inside it. You could also use this option for only one folder instead of the whole site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be enabled, you could deactivate it with just one mouse click through the exact same section of your Control Panel.