Hotlinking, which is oftentimes termed bandwidth theft too, describes linking to images that are on another site. Essentially, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, someone else may also build a website and rather than using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Although this might not be such a big problem if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it'll be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone can be aiming to copy your Internet site and deceive people. If your web hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you could run out of resources without getting actual visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other website. That is why you need to consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
Because our shared web hosting provide a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to shield your content from displaying on third-party sites with literally only a couple of clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with this kind of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you will only need to pick the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Furthermore, you could also pick if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, due to the fact that our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and will include the necessary code within it. All websites with active hotlink protection shall be listed in exactly the same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with just a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
Our company offers a simple solution to secure your whole content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you'll be able to benefit from it with a few mouse clicks. The usual approach to enable server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a few directives within it. With the tool that you'll discover in the Hepsia CP, which comes with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply have to pick the Internet site that you intend to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the essential content in it. You can also use this option for only one folder instead of the entire site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be active, you can deactivate it with a single mouse click from the same exact section of your Control Panel.