Hotlinking, which is occasionally termed bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images that are on another Internet site. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, another individual may also develop a website and as opposed to using their own images, they can 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 can be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody might be attempting to copy your website and cheat people. If your web hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you could use up all your resources without getting real site visitors, simply because the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you need to think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked too.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Web Hosting
You can easily secure your content if you create 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 shared web hosting package deals we offer and could be accessed from the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be turned on in 2 basic steps - choose the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then select if our system should set up the .htaccess file within the main folder or inside a subfolder and you will be all set. You don't need any coding skills or any experience with this kind of matters, as there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to remove the protection at some point, you will be able to see all of the websites that are protected in the very same section of the CP with a Delete button next to each of them.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
We provide you with an uncomplicated solution to secure your content and even if you aren't very tech-savvy, you'll be able to take advantage of it with just a few mouse clicks. The conventional way to enable server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives inside it. With the tool which you will find within the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only need to pick the site which you need to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all of the necessary content in it. You can even use this function for just one folder as opposed to the whole site - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file has to be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be switched on, you can disable it with one mouse click through the very same section of your Control Panel.