Hotlinking, which is often referred to as bandwidth theft too, describes linking to images that are on another site. In simple terms, if you have a site with some images on it, some other person may also build a website and instead of using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a serious issue if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it'll be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone could be attempting to copy your website and cheat people. If your web hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you can exhaust your resources without getting real visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you need to think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, as in rare occasions other types of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you set up an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all hosting packages that we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection can be turned on in 2 easy steps - select the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the main folder or in a subfolder and you shall be good to go. You don't require any coding capabilities or any experience with this kind of matters, due to the fact that there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to disable the protection at some point, you could see all of the sites which are protected in the very same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

Our company offers an effective solution to shield your entire content and even if you aren't quite tech-savvy, you are able to take full advantage of it with a few mouse clicks. The common approach to activate server-side hotlink security is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives in it. With the tool that you will find inside the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to select the website which you intend to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all of the essential content within it. You may also use this option for just one folder as opposed to the whole site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer require the hotlink security to be enabled, you can deactivate it with a single click through the same section of your Control Panel.