Hotlinking, which is sometimes called bandwidth theft too, identifies linking to images which are on another site. Basically, if you have an Internet site with some images on it, another person can also create a website and rather than using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Although this might not be such a major issue if you have a small personal site, it can be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody could be aiming to copy your site and deceive people. If your website hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you can run out of resources without getting legitimate site visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is the reason why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also files, because in rare occasions other types of files are linked as well.
Hotlinking Protection in Website Hosting
Since our website hosting services provide a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you will be able to shield your content from displaying on third-party sites with literally no more than 2 mouse clicks, even if you don't have much experience with this kind of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and when you open it, you'll only need to select the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Furthermore, you could also choose if the hotlink protection will be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You'll not have to do anything else, because our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and shall include the needed code inside 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 just a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
We provide you with an effective solution to secure your whole content and even if you are not really tech-savvy, you are able to take full advantage of it with just a few clicks. The usual way for you to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives in it. With the tool that you'll find in the Hepsia CP, which comes with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply have to select the website which you want to protect and our system will set up the .htaccess file for you, including all of the needed content inside it. You may also use this feature for only one folder as opposed to the entire website - you just have to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer want the hotlink security to be active, you'll be able to deactivate it with just one mouse click through the same section of your Control Panel.