Hotlinking, which is often labeled bandwidth theft also, refers to linking to images that are on another Internet site. Simply, if you have a website with some images on it, another individual can also create a website 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 one small personal Internet site, it shall be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone can be aiming to copy your Internet site and trick people. If your hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may exhaust your resources without getting actual site visitors, as the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is the reason why you need to think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case that you don't have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all cloud website hosting package deals which we offer and can be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be activated in 2 easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file in the main folder or inside a subfolder and you'll be all set. You don't need any programming skills or any experience with such matters, since there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to remove the protection at some time, you will be able to see all of the sites which are protected inside the same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

Our company offers an uncomplicated solution to shield your entire content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you can take advantage of it with several mouse clicks. The common way for you to enable server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives within it. With the tool which you'll find within the Hepsia CP, which comes with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply need to pick the site which you intend to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the essential content within it. You may also use this option for only one folder as opposed to the whole site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be switched on, you may disable it with one click via the very same section of your Control Panel.