Hotlinking, which is sometimes referred to as bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images that are on another site. Essentially, if you have a website with some images on it, some other person could also build a website and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. While this might not be such a serious issue if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it will be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, since somebody could be attempting to copy your Internet site and trick people. If your website hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you might use up all your resources without getting actual site visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is the reason why you should think about shielding your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other types of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

As our web hosting service feature a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to secure your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally only two clicks, even if you don't have much experience with this type of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you will only have to pick the domain or subdomain that you want to protect. In addition, you could also pick if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, as our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the desired location and will add the needed code in it. All Internet websites with enabled hotlink protection will be listed inside 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 content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you are able to take advantage of it with several mouse clicks. The conventional way to enable server-side hotlink security is to create an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives inside it. With the tool that you'll find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only need to choose the Internet site that you want to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, including all of the needed content inside it. You may also use this function for just one folder as opposed to the whole site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be enabled, you could deactivate it with one click through the exact same section of your CP.