Hotlinking, which is sometimes called bandwidth theft as well, refers to linking to images which are on another site. Basically, if you have a website with some images on it, another person may also create a site and instead of using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. While this may not be such a serious issue if you have a smaller personal site, it shall be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody could be attempting to copy your site and deceive people. If your web hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you will run out of resources without getting real website visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you need to think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
Due to the fact that our website hosting include a simple and handy hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to shield your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally just a couple of clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this type of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you will only have to pick the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. Furthermore, you could also pick if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You'll not need to do anything else, due to the fact that our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the desired location and will add the required code inside it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection will be listed in the exact same section, so that you can disable this service for each of them with just a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
Our company offers an uncomplicated solution to secure your entire content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you are able to take advantage of it with just a few mouse clicks. The conventional approach to activate server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to add a few directives within it. With the tool that you'll discover within the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to choose the site which you intend to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, including all the essential content in it. You could also use this option for only one folder instead of the entire Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be enabled, you'll be able to disable it with one click from the same section of your CP.