Hotlinking, which is occasionally referred to as bandwidth theft also, describes linking to images which are on another site. In simple terms, if you have a website with some images on it, somebody else may also develop a website and instead of using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Even though this may not be such a serious problem if you have one small personal website, it shall be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, due to the fact that someone might be attempting to copy your website and deceive people. If your web hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, chances are you'll exhaust your resources without getting real site visitors, due to the fact that the traffic shall be consumed by the other website. This is why you should consider preserving your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also files, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.
Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Hosting
Since our Linux cloud packages include a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you'll be able to protect your content from appearing on third-party Internet sites with literally no more than a couple of clicks, even if you do not have much experience with this type of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and when you open it, you will only have to pick the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. In addition, you may also pick if the hotlink protection will be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, because our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the preferred location and will add the necessary code inside it. All websites with active hotlink protection will be listed in the same section, so you can disable this service for any of them with just a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
We provide a simple solution to shield your entire content and even if you are not very tech-savvy, you'll be able to benefit from it with just a few mouse clicks. The common approach to activate server-side hotlink protection is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives within it. With the tool which you'll discover in the Hepsia Control Panel, provided with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you will simply have to select the website which you intend to secure and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the necessary content inside it. You can also use this function for just one folder rather than the whole website - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file should be created. If you no longer require the hotlink protection to be enabled, you can disable it with one mouse click from the very same section of your Control Panel.