Hotlinking, which is sometimes referred to as bandwidth theft also, refers to linking to images which are on another website. Essentially, if you have a site with some images on it, someone else could also create a site and instead of using their own images, they could put links directly to your images. Even though this may not be such a major issue if you have one small personal website, it'll be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, as somebody may be attempting to copy your site and deceive people. If your web hosting package deal has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll exhaust your resources without getting actual site visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not simply images, but also documents, because in rare occasions other sorts of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting

Due to the fact that our shared hosting include a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you will be able to protect your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally just two clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with such matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you'll just need to choose the domain or subdomain that you would like to protect. Optionally, you may also pick if the hotlink protection shall be enabled for the default domain root folder or just for a subfolder. You will not have to do anything else, because our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the desired location and will include the needed code within it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection will be listed in the very same section, so that you can disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you do not want others to use your images on their Internet sites without your consent, you could easily switch on the hotlink protection function, that's provided with all semi-dedicated server plans. As opposed to generating an .htaccess file manually in the website folder and writing some code within it, which is the conventional method to deny direct linking to files, you may use an incredibly simple tool, which we've included in the Hepsia Control Panel. By using it, you'll simply have to choose the site that has to be secured and our system shall do the rest. Also, you can decide whether the .htaccess file should be set up straight in the root folder or in a subfolder, when you'd like to switch on the hotlink security feature just for some content and not for the entire Internet site. Deactivating it is just as simple - you will simply need to mark the checkbox next to the particular website and to click on the Delete button.