Hotlinking, which is occasionally referred to as bandwidth theft as well, refers to linking to images that are on another site. In simple terms, if you have a website with some images on it, another individual may also create a site and rather than using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Even though this might not be such a serious problem if you have a small personal Internet site, it will be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, since someone may be attempting to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you can run out of resources without getting legitimate visitors, due to the fact that the traffic will be consumed by the other website. That is why you need to consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

Since our Linux web hosting come with a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you will be able to defend your content from displaying on third-party websites with literally only two clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this kind of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you will only have to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect. Optionally, you may also select if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You won't need to do anything else, because our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically in the desired location and will add the required code in it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed inside the exact same section, so you may disable this service for any of them with just a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We offer an uncomplicated solution to shield your whole content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you'll be able to take full advantage of it with several clicks. The standard approach to activate server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives in it. With the tool that you'll discover inside the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to pick the website which you want to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the required content in it. You can also use this feature for just one folder rather than 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 may disable it with a single mouse click from the very same section of your CP.