Hotlinking, which is sometimes called bandwidth theft as well, identifies linking to images which are on another site. Essentially, if you have a site with some images on it, another individual could also build a site and as opposed to using their own images, they may put links straight to your images. Although this may not be such a big problem if you have a smaller personal site, it'll be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone could be trying to copy your website and trick people. If your web hosting package deal has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll exhaust your resources without getting legitimate site visitors, simply because the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is the reason why you should consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, as in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked as well.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting

Because our cloud service feature a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you shall be able to defend your content from displaying on third-party Internet sites with literally just a couple of mouse clicks, even if you don't have a lot of experience with this type of matters. The tool is available in the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you'll only need to select the domain or subdomain you want to protect. In addition, you could also choose if the hotlink protection will 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 inside the preferred location and shall add the necessary code inside it. All Internet websites with active hotlink protection will be listed within the same section, so you can disable this service for any of them with a click.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

Our company offers a simple solution to secure your entire content and even if you aren't really tech-savvy, you'll be able to benefit from it with several mouse clicks. The standard approach to turn on server-side hotlink protection is to create an .htaccess file and to include a couple of directives inside it. With the tool that you will find in the Hepsia CP, included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only need to choose the Internet site which you want to protect and our system shall create the .htaccess file for you, including all of the necessary content inside it. You could also use this feature for just one folder rather than the entire Internet site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be enabled, you'll be able to disable it with one mouse click via the same section of your CP.