Hotlinking, which is oftentimes labeled bandwidth theft too, describes linking to images that are on another Internet site. Basically, if you have a site with some images on it, some other person may also create a site and instead of using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. While this might not be such a big problem if you have a small personal website, it'll be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone can be trying to copy your website and cheat people. If your hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can run out of resources without getting real website visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you need to think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
Due to the fact that our shared web hosting plans feature a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party sites with literally just a couple of clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this sort of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you will just have to choose the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Furthermore, you can also select if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and will add the necessary code within it. All sites with active hotlink protection shall be listed within the exact same section, so you may disable this service for each of them with just a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We provide an uncomplicated solution to protect your entire content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you'll be able to benefit from it with a few clicks. The usual way to activate server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives in it. With the tool that you'll find inside the Hepsia CP, offered with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply have to pick the site that you intend to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all the essential content within it. You can also use this feature for just one folder instead of the whole website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be switched on, you could deactivate it with one mouse click through the very same section of your Control Panel.