Hotlinking, which is oftentimes called bandwidth theft as well, describes linking to images that are on another Internet site. In simple terms, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, someone else can also create a website and as opposed to using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. Even though this might not be such a serious issue if you have a smaller personal site, it can be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody may be aiming to copy your Internet site and cheat people. If your hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you may run out of resources without getting real website visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other site. That is why you need to think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Web Hosting

Since our cloud web hosting include a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to defend your content from showing on third-party websites with literally only 2 mouse clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this sort of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you'll only need to select the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Additionally, you can also select if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, because our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and shall include the necessary code inside it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed inside the same section, so you can disable this service for any of them with just a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

We offer a simple solution to shield your content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you could benefit from it with just a few clicks. The standard way for you to enable server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives inside it. With the tool which you'll discover within the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to choose the Internet site that you would like to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the essential content in it. You may also use this function for just one folder as opposed to the whole Internet site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be active, you could deactivate it with just one mouse click via the very same section of your Control Panel.