Hotlinking, which is sometimes labeled bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images that are on another site. Essentially, if you have a website with some images on it, some other person could also build a site and instead of using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Even though this may not be such a serious issue if you have one small personal Internet site, it shall be something really serious if the images are copyrighted, because somebody might be aiming to copy your website and cheat people. If your web hosting plan has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you will exhaust your resources without getting actual visitors, as the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is why you should consider shielding your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting

As our web hosting include a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you will be able to defend your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than a couple of clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this sort of matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and as soon as you open it, you'll just have to select the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Optionally, you may also pick if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or only for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, because our system shall create an .htaccess file automatically within the preferred location and shall add the necessary code inside it. All sites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed in the same section, so you can easily disable this service for each of them with just a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

Our company offers an effective solution to protect your whole content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you'll be able to take full advantage of it with a couple of mouse clicks. The standard technique to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to generate an .htaccess file and to add a few directives inside it. With the tool which you will find in the Hepsia Control Panel, supplied with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will only have to choose the Internet site which you need to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, including all of the essential content inside it. You could also use this function for just one folder rather than the entire site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be set up. If you no longer need the hotlink security to be active, you'll be able to disable it with a single click via the exact same section of your Control Panel.