Hotlinking, which is occasionally labeled bandwidth theft also, identifies linking to images which are on another Internet site. Basically, if you have a site with some images on it, some other person may also develop a website and rather than using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. While this may not be such a big problem if you have a smaller personal website, it'll be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, as someone may be attempting to copy your site and deceive people. If your website hosting package has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll exhaust your resources without getting legitimate website visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you need to consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
Due to the fact that our cloud hosting packages include a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to shield your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally only a couple of clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this type of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting CP and as soon as you open it, you'll just have to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Furthermore, you can 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, due to the fact that our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and shall add the needed code within it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed in exactly the same section, so you may disable this service for any of them with a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
We offer an effective solution to secure your content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you could benefit from it with just a few clicks. The standard technique to enable server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a couple of directives inside it. With the tool which you'll find within the Hepsia CP, which comes with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to pick the site which you want to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the necessary content within it. You can even use this feature for just one folder as opposed to the entire Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file needs to be created. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be enabled, you'll be able to deactivate it with one mouse click from the very same section of your Control Panel.