Hotlinking, which is oftentimes referred to as bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images which are on another Internet site. Simply, if you have a website with some images on it, someone else can also develop a website and instead of using their own images, they could put links straight to your images. While this may not be such a big problem if you have one small personal website, it'll be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that somebody can be trying to copy your website and deceive people. If your website hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you can exhaust your resources without getting real site visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other site. This is why you should consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, because in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

You can easily secure your content if you create an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case you do not have previous experience, you should use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is supplied with all hosting packages we offer and could be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia CP. The protection may be turned on in 2 simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the Internet site in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file inside the main folder or inside a subfolder and you will be good to go. You don't need any programming capabilities or any experience with this type of matters, due to the fact that there will be nothing else to do. If you'd like to turn off the protection at some point, you could see all the sites that are protected in the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button beside each of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We provide you with a simple solution to shield your content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you are able to benefit from it with just a few clicks. The common technique to activate server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a few directives in it. With the tool which you'll find inside the Hepsia CP, supplied with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to choose the website that you need to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, including all of the necessary content in it. You could also use this option for only one folder as opposed to the whole Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be active, you may deactivate it with just one mouse click via the same section of your CP.