Hotlinking, which is occasionally referred to as bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images that are on another website. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, another person could also create a site and instead of using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. While this may not be such a big problem if you have one small personal site, it shall be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone may be trying to copy your website and cheat people. If your web hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you will run out of resources without getting actual visitors, as the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you need to think about protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting
Since our Linux shared website hosting packages come with a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to secure your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally just a couple of clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this kind of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you'll just have to select the domain or subdomain you want to protect. In addition, you may also pick if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You shall not need to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the preferred location and will add the required code in it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed within the very same section, so you could disable this service for any of them with a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
We provide you with a simple solution to secure your whole content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you are able to take advantage of it with several mouse clicks. The common approach to activate server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to add a few directives within it. With the tool that you will find within the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to pick the Internet site that you would like to secure and our system will create the .htaccess file for you, including all the required content within it. You can even use this feature for only one folder rather than the entire Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be enabled, you can disable it with one mouse click through the very same section of your CP.