Hotlinking, which is oftentimes termed bandwidth theft also, identifies linking to images which are on another website. In simple terms, if you have a website with some images on it, another individual can also create a website and instead of using their own images, they may put links directly to your images. Although this might not be such a big problem if you have a smaller personal Internet site, it shall be something rather serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone may be attempting to copy your Internet site and trick people. If your web hosting package has a restricted monthly bandwidth quota, you could exhaust your resources without getting real website visitors, because the traffic will be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you need to consider protecting your content from being hotlinked - not just images, but also documents, since in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked too.

Hotlinking Protection in Hosting

You can easily protect your content if you generate an .htaccess file within the website’s root folder, but in case you don't have previous experience, you could use our hotlink protection tool. The latter is included with all hosting package deals that we offer and can be accessed using the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection may be turned on in two simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then choose if our system should set up the .htaccess file inside the main folder or in a subfolder and you shall be good to go. You do not need any coding skills or any experience with this sort of matters, since there shall be nothing else to do. If you want to turn off the protection at some time, you will be able to see all of the websites that are protected in the exact same section of the CP with a Delete button alongside each one of them.

Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you find out that somebody is linking to your files without your authorization, you may easily cut them off by switching on the hotlink security function that we offer. While the conventional way to do that is to create an .htaccess file, we've got a special tool which can execute this automatically and you will only need to pick the website in question and to choose whether our system should generate the needed file within the primary folder or within a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom made Hepsia CP and has the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it without difficulties even if you have never used any hosting service before. You'll be able to disable the hotlink security feature for any website/folder with a click from exactly the same section.