Hotlinking, which is sometimes labeled bandwidth theft also, identifies linking to images which are on another website. Essentially, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, some other person can also build a site and rather than using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Although this might not be such a big problem if you have one small personal website, it can be something quite serious if the images are copyrighted, since somebody might be aiming to copy your website and deceive people. If your website hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you can use up all your resources without getting real website visitors, simply 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 documents, as in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Website Hosting

As our shared website hosting services feature a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to shield your content from displaying on third-party websites with literally only 2 mouse clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this type of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you'll only need to pick the domain or subdomain you want to protect. In addition, you may also choose if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, as our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically inside the needed location and will include the required code within it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed in the exact same section, so you could disable this service for each of them with just a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We offer an uncomplicated solution to secure your entire content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you could benefit from it with several mouse clicks. The common technique to activate server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to add a number of directives inside it. With the tool that you'll discover within the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply need to select the Internet site that you would like to protect and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the required content within it. You may also use this feature for just one folder as opposed to the whole website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be switched on, you could disable it with one mouse click from the exact same section of your Control Panel.