Hotlinking, which is often termed bandwidth theft too, describes linking to images which are on another Internet site. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, some other person could also build a site and instead of using their own images, they can put links straight to your images. Even though this may not be such a serious problem if you have a smaller personal website, it will be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone may be attempting to copy your site and cheat people. If your website hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you may exhaust your resources without getting actual visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is why you need to consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, since in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
You can easily protect your content if you generate an .htaccess file in the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is provided with all shared web hosting plans that we offer and could be accessed through the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be turned on in two simple steps - pick the domain or subdomain for the website in question, then choose if our system should create the .htaccess file within the primary folder or in a subfolder and you will be good to go. You do not need any computer programming expertise or any experience with this sort of matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you would like to turn off the protection eventually, you will be able to see all of the Internet 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 uncomplicated solution to shield your whole content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you can benefit from it with just a few clicks. The usual approach to activate server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a few directives in it. With the tool that you will find in the Hepsia CP, supplied with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll simply have to choose the website that you need to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all of the necessary content in it. You can even use this function for just one folder instead of the entire Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer need the hotlink protection to be active, you'll be able to disable it with one mouse click via the same section of your CP.